The World Class New Zealand network is mourning the loss of one of its members - English peer Lord Dennam who worked for 40 years opening doors for New Zealand businesses in the UK and Middle East.
He was honoured for his work building connections to support Kiwi businesses internationally at the 2011 World Class New Zealand awards where he was presented with the Friend of New Zealand award. The World Class Network is a global group of Kiwis and friends to this country committed to helping develop our international competitiveness and exports.
The 96-year-old's contribution to the country was summed up by chairman of the judges, John Stace, who has known him for 40 years.
"He never missed an opportunity in London or elsewhere around the world to talk fondly about New Zealand and campaign for tourism or trade on behalf of this country," Stace said.
His connection to New Zealand was established after Lord Denman served as a board member of the British-based NMA (National Mortgage Agency), that financed farmers. It larger merged with Wright Stevenson and Co to form Wrightson NMA.
He served as a director of Challenge Corporation which later merged to become Fletcher Challenge and worked alongside Kiwi business leaders such as the late Sir Ron Trotter and Malcolm McConnell. He was a director of a number of British companies, served on the British Export Council, and was a former advisor on Middle East affairs to the then UK Prime Minister Edward Heath.
Born Charles Spencer Denman in July 1916, he was awarded the Military Cross in World War Two and later the Knight Grand Cross of St Francis.