Good evening. I’d like to thank you all for being here to mark the commencement of the 19th year of the Williamson Community Leadership Program.
Of course, this has special significance for me having joined ANZ four months ago as chief executive officer.
The Willamson Foundation was established with an endowment from Hugh Williamson.
Hugh Willamson joined ANZ Ballarat branch in 1918, some 89 years before me. He went on to be one of the most distinguished executives in ANZ’s long history and was the Bank’s General Manager from 1954 to 1961.
Hugh Williamson is also remembered for his enduring contribution to the Victorian community as a member of welfare, arts and hospital boards.
This contribution continues today through the Williamson Community Leadership Program and so it’s a special honour to have been invited to open the 2008 Program here tonight.
The essence of the Williamson Community Leadership Program is in its contribution to Australia's future.
It’s a contribution made by exposing some of Victoria’s best and brightest leaders from every walk of life to the big issues and big challenges for the nation in the decade ahead.