HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – Gallagher’s Chief Executive Officer Sir William Gallagher and Director Dr John Gallagher were inducted as laureates in the 2020 Westpac Waikato Business Award’s Hall of Fame on Friday night.
It was in the 1960s when the brothers started working for their father’s company which started as a 10-person business in Hamilton, New Zealand, and has since grown from a firm delivering a visionary alternative to conventional agricultural fencing into one renowned for award-winning, technologically superior solutions across the agriculture, security, and fuel industries.
Sir William and John are still actively involved in the company which is 82 years old, employs more than 1000 people, and is a significant contributor to the community - and indeed New Zealand’s economy at large.
Former Chief Executive of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, William Durning, read a biographical to the audience of more than 600 people in attendance at the Claudelands Events Centre.
“They’ve built a national icon and taken it to the world, proudly powered from right here in the Waikato. Through their vision and the solutions the Gallagher team deliver, they have truly made a significant impact on the world,” William said.
“Alignment is something many business leaders strive for, but often find a challenge to obtain. It’s a credit to Sir William and John to have worked so seamlessly together for over 60 years, both offering unique skillsets that add to the relationship, and taking a long-term approach to sustainable business.”
Sir William is recognised internationally as a motivator and empowerer of people. Before Covid-19 times, Sir William would normally travel the world on a regular basis, spending around 150 days on the road each year, acting as a roving international ambassador for the company. He has been to 174 countries to date.
“His work has propelled the company into locations right around the world, and an example of that is their integrated security solutions which provide the highest security to the likes of governments, hospitals and universities, to entertainment parks and mines, and everything in between.”
John was especially recognised for years of devotion to the community.
“Many of John’s years have been devoted to building a vibrant and prosperous Waikato community; he has made an outstanding contribution to Hamilton, the Waikato region and to New Zealand with his active participation in industry, the not-for-profit sector and general commitment to public good,” William explained.
Just some of the things that speak to John’s commitment to the community include time spent as Deputy Mayor & Councillor for Hamilton City Council, as well as a Councillor for Waikato Regional Council and a member of WEL Energy Trust for nine years and the Sky City Hamilton Community Trust for seven years. John served as Chancellor of The University of Waikato, he was the founding President of Tourism Waikato and also served as a Justice of the Peace.
Sir William and John thanked the audience for many years of support and outlined their intention for another 80 years of family-owned business, proudly based in the Waikato and continuing to give back.