Gallaghers proud to support Waikato

Hamilton’s Gallagher family has a long and proud history of supporting the University of Waikato.

Brothers Sir William and John are at the helm of global animal health management company Gallagher. Originally established by their father in the 1930s, Sir William and John took over in the 1970s and grew the company to one of New Zealand’s most successful privately owned companies, now exporting to more than 160 countries. Sir William is CEO and executive director, and John, now retired from day-to-day management, is a director.

The Gallagher family has had a long relationship with the University of Waikato, contributing significantly in time and money to the development of the Don Llewellyn Sports Pavillion, the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme, The Great Race, and the Academy of Performing Arts.

In 2011 the Academy was renamed the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, recognising the Gallagher Group and family’s long-standing support of the University and the $2.5 million pledged to the University’s endowment fund. The Concert Chamber was also renamed in honour of Dr John Gallagher.

Sir William and John, who both have Honorary Doctorates from the University of Waikato, have supported several University projects and initiatives over the years. Sir William served on the board of WaikatoLink, the University’s commercialisation arm, and has made significant donations to support several projects on campus.

Dr John Gallagher has served on the University Council since 1990, been Pro-Chancellor and Chancellor, has been Chair of the University of Waikato Foundation and is now Patron. In 2015 he, alongside wife Glenice, established the Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering position to help further the University’s engineering offerings.