This year's Distinguished Alumni

Important notice

We regret to announce that the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner and Bright Lights events originally scheduled for this week have been postponed.

The safety and health of our guests and staff is our top priority and the fast evolving situation with COVID-19 has made this decision necessary.

We hope that we’ll be able to celebrate the success of our four amazing Distinguished Alumni with you in the future.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with our events team – alumni-events@auckland.ac.nz

Andrew Grant ONZM, BE 1989, MA Oxf., 1992 (Engineering)

Andrew Grant is a prominent international business consultant. He is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and has been a member of its global board for 12 years.

The former Rhodes Scholar is a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council and serves on two University of Auckland boards. He helped establish Springboard Trust, The Education Hub and the Murray Speight scholarships at Oxford University.  

Jeremy Salmond QSO, FNZIA, BArch 1972, MArch 1983 (Creative Arts & Industries)

Jeremy Salmond is an eminent heritage architect and the Founding Director of Salmond Reed Architects.

He is a member of the Queen’s Service Order for Services to Conservation of Historic Heritage and in 2018 he received the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal, which recognises an outstanding career.

Jeremy is the heritage advisor for Auckland’s Central Rail Link project and the lead heritage architect for the Christ Church Cathedral reinstatement.

The Honourable Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann GNZM, BA 1987, LLB 1987 (Law & Arts)

The Honourable Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann was appointed Chief Justice of New Zealand in December 2018.

As the former Chief Judge of the High Court she promoted access to justice and introduced reforms which reduced delays in the Court.

She led the High Court response to the Canterbury Earthquakes and was instrumental in creating the Christchurch Earthquake List, which enabled prompt resolution of earthquake-related cases.

Photo credit: Janet Lilo

Young Alumna of the Year, Courtney Sina Meredith, BA 2010 (Arts)

Courtney Sina Meredith is a distinguished author whose work delves into issues such as racism, sexism and poverty and draws on her Samoan roots. She is the Director of Tautai, Aotearoa’s leading Pacific arts organisation.

Courtney has been awarded prestigious creative opportunities around the globe. Heralding an era of niu leadership, she has a strong focus on giving voice to the contemporary experiences of Pacific women.

This year's events

Important notice

We regret to announce that the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner and Bright Lights events originally scheduled for this week have been postponed.

The safety and health of our guests and staff is our top priority and the fast evolving situation with COVID-19 has made this decision necessary.

We hope that we’ll be able to celebrate the success of our four amazing Distinguished Alumni with you in the future.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with our events team – alumni-events@auckland.ac.nz

Bright Lights 2020: 19 March

See our Distinguished Alumni live on stage in conversation with Finlay Macdonald. Invitations to Bright Lights will be sent via email mid-February.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner 2020: 20 March

Our annual celebratory black tie dinner honouring the achievements of our Distinguished Alumni.