Company founder named Distinguished Alumnus

Deryck Skaw - Distinguished AlumniFounder and Director of Rotorua-based research and planning company APR Consultants, Deryck Shaw MNZM was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Waikato in 2007, recognising his considerable and wide-ranging experience in the planning sector.

Deryck graduated from Waikato in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in biological and earth sciences.  He has since forged a successful career in resource management, science, planning and economics.

Deryck has amassed extensive experience in a governance role in many local, regional and national bodies, ranging from charitable trusts to Crown organisations including national boards.  He chaired the Waiariki Institute of Technology Council for 8 years until last year, and served on the council for the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand for 5 years, including one year as Vice-President.

He holds professional memberships with the New Zealand Institute of Management, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the New Zealand Planning Institute, The Market Research Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Association of Economists.

As a highly-regarded employer and mentor of graduates, Deryck has maintained close contact with Waikato and is regarded for his practical, knowledge-based approach in assisting others to succeed in their careers.

In June 2014 Deryck was named a Member of the Order of New Zealand in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the community.