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Simon Wickham

Chief Executive


Simon is part of Harkness Henry’s leadership team. He works with the partners to ensure that Harkness Henry and its people achieve their best – by building great culture, strategy and relationships.

He brings over 20 years experience in the CEO’s seat to Harkness Henry, having led organisations across several sectors including professional services, retail, facilities/asset management, events/tourism, hospitality and the sports industry as well as holding several governance roles.

Simon has garnered and enjoys applying knowledge learned from world leading business schools having attended the Harvard Law School’s Leadership in Law Firms Program, the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business; IMD’s Advanced Strategic Management and High Performance Leadership programs and the Advanced Management Program at Melbourne University’s Mt Eliza Business School.

His skills span strategic planning and execution; governance; leadership of large teams and complex stakeholder environments; leading turnaround and change; developing high performing workplace culture and high performance leadership; strategic, general and operational management; stakeholder management; communication and public/media relations.

He was honored to be inducted to the West Auckland Business Hall of Fame for services to business and community before moving to the Waikato. In his spare time he enjoys time with his family (Helen and son Jake) where they love living in Tamahere, Waikato. As a family they regularly make the most of the great outdoors and sense of space Waikato offers as well as going skiing (both on water and snow), and they are keen on scuba diving and boating at their favourite spot, the Alderman Islands, Tairua.

Simon is also actively interested in high performance sport having previously served as Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and a Director of High Performance Sport New Zealand. Simon is the current Chair of the NZ Olympic Team’s selection panel for New Zealand’s Summer and Winter Olympic teams and Commonwealth Games teams, a role he’s served since the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

In a private capacity Simon offers mentoring to other leaders and emerging leaders in business and the non-profit sector.

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