About us

The University of Waikato Foundation - Te Pou Taunaki is an independent charitable trust and the vehicle by which the University of Waikato receives donations and ensures funds are distributed to chosen areas. For any giving inquiries, please get in touch with us: [email protected]

Peta Goldsworthy, Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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University of Waikato Foundation Board of Trustees

Dr John Gallagher, CNZM, KStJ, JP


Dr John Gallagher has served on the University Council since 1990, been Pro-Chancellor and Chancellor, and was formerly Chair of the Foundation before his current position as Patron. He also has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato.

The Gallagher Family has had a long relationship with the University, contributing significantly in time and money to the development of the Don Llewellyn Sports Pavilion, the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme, and the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2011 the Academy was renamed in honour of the Gallagher Group and family in recognition of their long term commitment to the University's endowment fund. In 2015 the Glenice and John Gallagher Foundation established the Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering, to further the University's engineering research.

Michael Crawford


Michael Crawford is managing partner at Deloitte, Hamilton. During his more than 40-year career at Deloitte, Michael has worked with clients from just about every profession and industry, and has been involved with project management, finance and syndication. He has served on several trusts and boards, including Waikato Rugby.

Michael has been on the Foundation Board for more than a decade, and followed closely the progress of his three daughters who all attended the University.

Michael believes in the importance of giving back to his community through time and expertise, and is particularly supportive of the University of Waikato and its importance to the region.

Susan Hassall

Susan has a Master of Arts (Honours) from the University of Auckland, and was appointed to the University's Foundation in 2016. She is also a member of the University's Honours Committee, and was appointed Pro-Chancellor in 2017.

Susan is currently Headmaster of Hamilton Boys' High School. Beginning her career at the school as a first-year English teacher, in 2000 she was appointed Headmaster, and the first woman to lead a New Zealand boys' school. She has overseen the school's growth to more than 2000 students.

She has a particular interest in gifted education, and regularly contributes to the Minister's Advisory Group, and has served as an executive member of the Association of Boys' Schools since its inception in 2002.

Ken Williamson, KStJ, QSM, CFInstD, JP

Ken has been a member of the Foundation board since 2007, and he has a long history of giving back to his community. Ken and his wife Julie have given their time and expertise to a vast number of organisations in Hamilton, and Ken has a wealth of governance experience in the business and not-for-profit sectors, including the Order of St John, the McKenzie Centre, the Hamilton Scientific Awards Trust, Māori Women's Refuge, and many more.

Ken is an experienced businessman with particular expertise in the insurance industry, and is currently an executive broker with Crombie Lockwood. He was the inaugural Chair of the Momentum Foundation, and was later appointed a foundation Trustee of the Waikato Regional Property Trust, which is tasked with building and governing a new regional theatre in Hamilton. In 2020 Ken was appointed a Knight of St John by Her Majesty the Queen.