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Ken Hames - Board Chair


I am the Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, Auckland Farm Environment Awards and Extension 350 (a central and local government programme to improve pastoral productivity, environmental sustainability, and wellbeing in Northland).

I bring a wide range of experience as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Director in the Genetics and Technology sector.  I also have previous governance experience in the electricity, fibre communications and contracting sectors in both New Zealand and Australia.

I have two children who have both recently received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.  I spend up to twenty days a year helping our local high school to run their Adventurous Journeys. Consequently, I bring to the Award a strong knowledge from grass roots level, combined with extensive governance experience, strategic thinking, and business acumen.  

My priority as Chair of the Award is to have an engaged and committed board who work with the National Director to deliver the Award in New Zealand.  


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