Ken Williamson

KStJ QSM CFInstD JP

With his partners Ken built Law Mooney Williamson Insurance Brokers (est. 1974) into one of NZ's largest commercial insurance brokerages. After selling 'LMW' to Crombie Lockwood, he remains a salaried employee. Ken’s a Fellow of the Insurance Brokers Association of NZ.

Ken’s given much of his life to St John and other community service organisations. He’s served, and serves, as a governor on a diverse range of Not-for-Profit boards, including within the tertiary & secondary education, and in the health, philanthropy, special needs, broadcasting, women's refuge, science, and local body sectors. In addition, Ken’s a director of several successful businesses including within the distribution, manufacturing, engineering industries, and property investment sectors. In recognition of his governance contribution Ken was made a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Ken commenced his involvement with St John in 1969 as a volunteer ambulance officer in Auckland. He helped to establish, and then manage, a volunteer officer roster and a training program. The roster ensured a trained Volunteer was available for every first and second running ambulance within the Auckland metropolitan area, weekdays between 5pm and 7am, and for 24 hours every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday - a real challenge before mobile phones and the internet. The training program became recognised as being more effective than the training then given to full-time ambulance officers.

After marrying Julie in 1976 and moving to Hamilton, Ken joined the Hamilton Area Committee and served the Area for almost 20 years. He was responsible for fundraising for the Seddon Road Regional HQ & Hamilton Area Station, and the establishment of the Ngāruawāhia Area. Ken was appointed a trustee of the Midland Regional Board, and helped to drive the merger with the then Central Region. Ken retired as Central Region Trust Board Chair at the 2020 Triennium, and also from the Priory Board after six years’ service. He was elected as a member of Chapter in 2020.

Ken’s sees the heart and soul of St John as our Volunteers. He believes Regional Boards need to be the advocates and stewards of our Areas and their volunteers. Ken sees the challenge of ageing volunteers as a real threat to our future, and believes we need to focus on the importance of our Youth members, aiming to have them become our future ambulance officers, administrators, volunteers and governors.

Ken married Julie in 1976 and they live on a small lifestyle block north of Hamilton. Their daughter graduated from the University of Waikato in 2016, and after her ‘OE’ she now works in Hamilton.

Ken believes the real strength of St John is its people; and what makes St John people so special is that they all really care. He believes that the words of Winston Churchill aptly describes our Volunteers, "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give"

Ken Williamson
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