Ken Williamson and Carlos da Silva receive award
For immediate release
11 September 2013
Ken Williamson and Carlos da Silva receive Institute of Directors’ Fellow Award
The Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) announced today that Waikato businessmen, Ken Williamson and Carlos da Silva, both received the organisation’s Fellow Award.
The Fellow Award reflects the Institute’s desire to acknowledge and recognise directors who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Fellows must be a member of the IoD for at least three years and have had at least ten years’ experience as a director.
Ken Williamson is the Chair of both the Momentum Foundation and Te Rau Aroha Papakinga Trust. His current directorships include: McKenzie Centre Trust, University of Waikato Foundation, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Order of St John Central Region Ambulance Service, Waikato-Bays Tennis Association, Southwell School Foundation and Waikato Community Radio Charitable Trust. He is the former Chair of Scottwood Trust.
Carlos da Silva is the Chair of Fisher & Paykel Finance, IT Partners and King St Advertising. He is a Director of Trelise Cooper Group and Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited and is on the advisory board of Westervelt Company NZ Ltd. He is the former Chair of Greenlea Group.
Speaking about the two Fellow Award recipients, Chair of the Waikato Institute of Directors Margaret Devlin, said, “Both of our Fellows are extremely deserving award recipients.
“Over the past thirty five years Ken Williamson’s name has become synonymous with community. He contributes to all sectors of Waikato across age groups, commercial and not for profit businesses. There would be very few governance practitioners who have such a wide portfolio of governance roles while still actively engaged in a complex and challenging day job.
“Carlos da Silva’s governance career is equally impressive. He is well-known for his ability to focus on what needs to be achieved at a practical level to meet a company’s strategic targets. His financial acumen allows him to quickly grasp a comprehensive understanding of a company’s business model and ask the difficult questions that allow a board to provide insightful direction.
“On behalf of the Institute of Directors, we congratulate both men on their Fellow Awards and wish them all the best as they continue to excel in their governance careers.”
The Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors is one of the most active in the country with over 400 members.
About Ken Williamson
Current chair of:
• Momentum Foundation (2013-current)
• Te Rau Aroha Papakinga Trust, part of Te Whakaruruhau Maori Women’s Refuge (2000-current);
Currently serves as a Director and/or
• McKenzie Centre Trust for (1994-current)
• University of Waikato Foundation (2005-current)
• Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Chairing its Foundation & Property Group (2007-current)
• Order of St John Central Region Ambulance Service (1991-current)
• Waikato-Bays Tennis Association (2008-2013)
• Southwell School Foundation (2008-current)
• Waikato Community Radio Charitable Trust (appointed 2012)
• Hamilton Science Awards Trust (2008-2013)
• Rezlab Manufacturing Group (part of Te Runanga O Kirikiroa)
• Hostess Group
• Lion Foundation
Awards given include:
• Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to the community
• Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship
• Life Member of St Peters Tennis Club in Hamilton
• Justice of the Peace
• Officer of the Order of St John
• Fellow of Insurance Brokers of NZ
• Received a Hamilton City Council Award for his work in our community
• NZ Cadet Forces Commandant’s Commendation for 3 decades of work with Air Training Corps
About Carlos da Silva
• Fisher & Paykel Finance Ltd
• IT Partners
• King St Advertising
Currently serves as
• Trelise Cooper Group Ltd
• Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited
On Advisory Board of:
• Westervelt Company NZ Ltd