Come and join your fellow Property Kiwis to network over breakfast and hear our guest speaker, Simon Walker CBE.
Simon grew up in South Africa before moving to NZ to train as a journalist with TV One. He later worked for the Lange/Douglas government as Director of Communications before moving to the UK where he was Communications Secretary to PM John Major and Queen Elizabeth II before becoming Director General of the Institute of Directors.
Simon was once named 43rd most connected man in Britain by GQ magazine. (bio below)
Simon Walker CBE was Director-General of the Institute of Directors from 2011-2017. He had previously been chief executive of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing at Reuters, and Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways. He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2002 and a member of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit at No 10 Downing Street from 1995-1997.
He is currently the lead non-executive director of the Department for International Trade and a senior advisor to Greenbrook Communications.
Simon was also Chairman of the Global Network of Directors Institutes, the international umbrella group for corporate governance organisations, from 2016-2017. He is trustee of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trust, a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the UK governor of the Sir Edmund Hillary Institute, a council member of the European Policy Forum and an independent governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
He has worked in London, Brussels, New Zealand and the United States in a variety of communications and journalistic roles. He was educated at Stanford and at Balliol College, Oxford where he was President of the Oxford Union.