In 2018, St Peter’s held it's inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards. It is back for 2019 and we are excited to announce the three winners.
The recognition of alumni is something that many quality schools and universities acknowledge as being important. The achievements of alumni reflect on the reputation of their school and highlighting the accomplishments of alumni is of inspiration to current students.
Takapuna based couple, Guy and Susan Haddleton, have been described as ‘serial entrepreneurs’, selling their first start-up business in their mid-40s for US$160 million.
A St Peter’s Old Boy, Guy spent his early career in the New Zealand military as a Troop Commander of a Special Forces team. He holds an MBA from the University of Otago. In 1990, the Haddletons established Adaytum, an enterprise planning software company, along with co-founder Michael Gould. Adaytum began in the UK, with an initial investment of 49 pounds (the cost of an advertisement in the Financial Times) before later conquering the US market and moving to Minneapolis. They led Adaytum for 13 years until its acquisition by Cognos in 2003 for US$160 million.
Later they saw an opportunity within cloud-based planning software and co-founded Anaplan, an adapted version of Adaytum built this time for the age of the Internet. At one point Anaplan was one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in the US., In October 2018, Anaplan listed on the New York Stock Exchange in a $3 billion-dollar IPO.
The Haddletons are keen investors and supporters of entrepreneurial, start-ups. They were early investors in Xero with Rod Drury, where Guy also served on the board for four years, and have recently invested in medical cannabis start-up, Helius Therapeutics, and supercomputing start-up Nyriad here in New Zealand.
In addition to their outstanding business history, Guy and Susan are passionate about youth and the arts and are generous supporters of organisations like the New Zealand National Youth Theatre, where they are sponsors and help some of their stars go offshore. They also support the New Zealand Opera School and the New Zealand Outward Bound Trust, amongst numerous other organisations and individuals.
Their outstanding business record, leading and cutting-edge ideas, and fantastic support of the youth and arts in New Zealand undoubtedly make Guy and Sue Haddleton very worthy Laureates of the North Harbour Business Hall of Fame.
Adam Brown attended St Peter’s from 1992 until 1998 and was a "7 Year Club" member. He founded the Protempo group of companies from his bedroom whilst at Victoria University in 2004, which has grown and evolved into a multinational distributor of consumer electronics operating in 6 countries and four continents with revenue in excess of $100 million.
The company distributes and manages forward and reverse logistics globally for the likes of Apple, Google, Amazon, Wacom, Microsoft, and many others. It also supplies many of the world's largest retailers, as well as running direct-to-customer e-commerce sales shipping to over 30 countries worldwide.
Protempo was recognized by Deloitte in 2017's Master of Growth index as New Zealand's second fastest growing company (behind Xero) between 2012 and 2017 and has been in the Fast 50 index four times in the last seven years.
As part of the company's US expansion, Adam relocated to Orange Country, California where the company's US headquarters is based.
Roderick Boyd Ellis-Pegler
Roderick Boyd Ellis-Pegler left secondary school after winning a New Zealand University National Scholarship, coming second in NZ in Biology and intending to become a zoologist. Such a career seemed an obvious one for a boy who had always been fascinated by the natural world especially at the smaller insect end of the animal kingdom.
But in his first year at Auckland University, he switched to medicine, graduating from Otago University Medical School in 1965. He then trained as a physician, later specialising in Infectious Disease, the closest he could get to Zoology in medicine and later still as a Clinical Microbiologist in Pathology. He played representative hockey for Otago province and NZ University and was awarded University Blues by Auckland and Otago Universities.
He and his family spent time in London, England, Kingston, Jamaica and Denver, Colorado, USA during his postgraduate training. His principal career positions were as head of Infectious Disease at Auckland City Hospital and Associate-Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology at the Auckland University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for over 20 years.
Roderick led the clinical medical response to the AIDS epidemic of the early 1980s at a time when young infected New Zealanders developed a series of debilitating complications of this virus infection and there were no anti-viral medicines then available.
He has written over 150 papers and lectured and presented research at International Conferences across the world, Leningrad to Jerusalem, Cairo to New York and Invercargill to Rio de Janeiro.
He has received multiple awards during his career, in particular, Honorary Fellowship of the Infectious Disease Society of America, on several occasions best lecturer of the year at Auckland University Medical School by the Auckland Medical Students and Life membership of the Australasian Society of Infectious Disease of which he is a founding member. On retirement from his Hospital and University appointments in 2006, he was awarded MNZM for services to medicine.
He now works part-time as a Consultant to Auckland Clinical Studies, a private company which studies new medicines particularly during their very first administration to humans, Phase 1 as it is known, and occasionally is trusted with the care of some of his seven grandchildren.
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