Security manufacturer Gallagher picked up the inaugural Family Business Award of Excellence at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards at the Langham Hotel in Auckland last night.

As Chairman and chief executive officer, Sir William Gallagher has led Gallagher’s development into one of the largest and most successful private companies in the Waikato, and a major employer in the region. 

Sir William's father, Bill Gallagher Sr, founded the family firm famous for developing electric fences and it was just a 10-person business when Sir William joined and took electric fences to the world.  Today, Gallagher is an international brand with more than 1000 employees globally, operating in 3 dramatically different industries, including electronic security.

Sir William’s brother John has been a director of Gallagher for more than 40 years and has committed much of his time to building a rich and vibrant Waikato community for present and future generations.

Gallagher never had to seek outside capital and supports the communities in which it operates with many sponsorships, while continuing to grow strongly. ♦