Creating Value – Horowhenua BA5 with Henry van der Heyden

Creating Value -How governance and leadership enable transformational change. Sir Henry van der Heyden

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Thursday 20 April 2017

Horowhenua District Council Chambers, Levin

Sir Henry van der Heyden is one of this country’s greatest leaders.

Sir Henry is a career dairy farmer, starting out as a sharemilker before purchasing his first farm in 1985. For 24 years Henry was one of the most influential architects of New Zealand’s dairy industry. New Zealand Dairy Group (NZDG) was the pacesetter in ideas and execution, and he was a key player in the creation of Fonterra as the New Zealand Dairy Industry came together and took over its own global destiny in a new and commercial form.

Fonterra has been transformed, with a structure which is delivering the dream of a global dairy powerhouse. Henry himself became Chairman in 2002, standing down a decade later in 2012.

One of Henry’s strong beliefs is shareholder engagement and shareholders feeling part of the Co-op, and he led the separation of governance and representation at NZDG, and at Fonterra he led the establishment of the important Shareholders’ Council.

Today, Henry is Chairman of Auckland International Airport, now New Zealand’s largest listed entity, Tainui Group Holdings, Rabobank New Zealand and Manuka SA. In addition, he is a Non-Executive Director of many companies, Foodstuffs NI, Rabobank Australia.

An understated person, and a “no nonsense” businessman, Henry is clearly a true visionary, who has overcome multiple obstacles to deliver the outcome we now see. He intends to continue to “work” until at least 70, and one of his present motivations includes improving the social and commercial fortunes of Maori Iwi.

Sir Henry was awarded Chairman of the Year in 2012, New Zealand Herald Business Person of the Year in 2007. In 2009, Sir Henry was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to one of New Zealand’s most prominent visionaries.

To confirm your seat, RSVP by return mail is essential. Tickets are limited.


For further information please contact:

Economic Development, Horowhenua District Council

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P +64 6 366 0999