Sir Graham Henry

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New Zealand

Sir Graham Henry is one of New Zealand's most in demand speakers - having coached the All Blacks to glory in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and going on to be awarded Coach of the Year at the IRB awards, receiving this award for a record 5th time.

Graham finished his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time: he coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent. As well as winning Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup every year since 2003, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions.

Graham was in charge of the hugely successful Auckland team, which won four NPC titles in succession (1993 - 1996), and the Auckland Blues Super 12 team, which was the competition winner in 1996 and 1997 and runner-up in 1998.

He made his international coaching debut in 1998 with Wales, where he stayed for four years. His major achievements in that role included wins over England and South Africa. In 2001, he became the first non-British or Irishman to coach the Lions on their tour of Australia.

On his return to New Zealand, Graham joined Auckland as defensive co-ordinator and technical analyst. The effect was immediate with Auckland lifting the 2002 National Provincial Championship, a feat that resulted in the Blues, starved of success since Graham left for Wales, quickly tying him up for the 2003 Super 12 - which the Blues went on to win.

For much of his life rugby coaching was very much secondary to Graham's school teaching career. His time at Auckland Grammar, where he nurtured players like Grant Fox, was followed by the headmaster's job at Kelston, from 1987 - 1996. Graham himself played Senior Rugby and Cricket in Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland, and First Class Cricket for Canterbury and Otago.

Current work

Graham currently works with leading New Zealand companies such as Downer, Farmlands, Reckitt & Benckiser and the Giltrap Spencer Group focusing on team building, culture and leadership development and regularly speaks internationally.

Graham is a shareholder in the successful coaching website The Rugby Site and is often featured on podcasts with coaching tips. He sits on the board of The Plunket and Hillary Foundation; is an Ambassador for Coastguard; a Patron for Kiwis for Kiwi; and on the advisory board for the Pinnacle Programme,

Graham’s speaking topics include - the high performance environment, team culture, motivation, team development, and leadership. His presentations are readily applicable to the business environment, as well as the sporting arena.

Sir Graham Henry speaker

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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