Cooperative Business NZ Annual Awards

Leader of the year 2023

The leaders you find within the co-operative and mutual sector are second to none. This award is presented to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership, vision and passion within their co-operative or the sector in general over the past year.


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    Bindi Norwell

    Group Chief Executive at ProCare

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    Leader of the Year 2023


    The Leader of the Year 2023 award will be presented to an individual who has shown significant co-operative leadership either within a members’ co-operative or the co-operative sector generally, over the 2022/2023 year (1 June 2022 – 31 May 2023).

    The nominee must have clearly demonstrated: 

    • Co-operative leadership 
    • Vision and courage for the co-operative model 
    • Successful initiative(s) that have benefited their co-operative or the co-operative sector 
    • Commitment & support of well recognised and accepted co-operative principles 

    This award is open to all members of Cooperative Business NZ, regardless of membership type. 

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    Past Leader of the Year Winners

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    Nick Astwick

    CEO, Southern Cross Health Society
    Leader of the Year 2022

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    Wayne McNee

    Former CEO, LIC
    Leader of the Year 2021

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    Simon Manning

    CEO, Wealthpoint
    Leader of the Year 202o

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    Carl Taylor

    Chair, Combined Building Supplies
    Leader of the Year 2019

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    Murray King

    Chair, LIC
    Leader of the Year 2018

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    Neil Cowie

    Former CEO, Mitre 10
    Leader of the Year 2017

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    Mark McHardy

    GM – Farmlands Fuel, Farmlands
    Leader of the Year 2016

    Supporting the co-operative & mutual community

    thank you to our sponsors

    The Awards programme is only made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to the following organisations for their support in ensuring our co-operative and mutual businesses and leaders are celebrated and recognised!

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    Principal Sponsor 2023

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    At Cyclone, they take the time to understand your business and how ICT contributes to that vision. Achieving your desired outcomes through technology isn’t always a simple process. But, with over 170 specialised staff employed nationwide, you can give your team the confidence that regardless of the technology being used, Cyclone will provide a purpose-fit solution and work in partnership with you to achieve your technology objectives.

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    Centrix Credit Bureau of New Zealand

    Networking Drinks Sponsor 2023

    Our Corporate Associate Member, Centrix, helps Kiwi businesses with credit checking and identity verification services allowing decision makers to make quick and confident risk assessments and comply with the latest regulations.

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