The Forum’s work has always been shaped by the passions of its people.
Dick Dusseldorp, the Forum’s founding Chairman, was committed to ethics in business, courage in decision-making and innovation in projects, actions which were imbued with a strong vision of social responsibility.
“His experience,” according to one Board member, “was palpable for all to see. He was terrifically principled, with well-meaning objectives. He was a such a force of nature.”
An important component of the Forum’s success has been its’ dedicated Board, defined by Dick as “a council of critical friends, keeping the Forum on track”. These “critical friends” have been drawn from diverse areas of expertise and experience, including, for the Forum’s first years, colleagues of Dick at Lend Lease.
Tjerk Dusseldorp and Kerrie Stevens formed the leadership team at the Forum. Tjerk was Executive Director and known by the team as “the ideas man”, while Kerrie was General Manager and regarded as “the translator, who turned ideas into reality and held it all together. She was the absolute glue.” This successful working partnership continued for more than 20 years.
Key contributors to the Forum’s work and success over the past 25 years include:
Richard Sweet, who later worked with the OECD and is an international education