The Chair in Ethical Leadership is named after Brian Picot,1921–2012.
In April 1988, Brian Picot chaired the government-appointed Taskforce to Review Education Administration. The Tomorrow's Schools report led to a radical educational reform in New Zealand, in which schools became autonomous, self-managing learning institutions, run by a partnership between teachers and community and controlled by locally elected boards of trustees.
Brian Picot was a business leader and he made his mark as director of major supermarket company Progressive Enterprises and several other companies. Brian Picot was inducted into the Fairfax Business Hall of Fame in 2001 and made a distinguished fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2007.
Our association with Brain Picot is appropriate for the Chair for both his involvement in education and business. People who knew Brian Picot personally also remember him as a modest person with a strong sense of ethics and concern for others; traits that exemplify him as an ethical leader.