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18 October 2019

Andrew Barnes - The 4 day week is the future of work

Southland Leadership Academy Alumni were invited to spend time with Andrew Barnes to learn more about the Four Day Working Week.

When Andrew Barnes trialled this groundbreaking flexibility model at the company he founded in New Zealand, he discovered productivity, engagement, job satisfaction, work-life balance and employee well-being had never been better - so the business adopted it full-time.

Guest speaker - Andrew Barnes, Founder of Complectus Limited, Perpetual Guardian and Coulthard Barnes.

Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world).

The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart. Their vision for this is to provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Through this work he is on the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

Andrew is a director of Complectus Limited, the company encompassing Perpetual Guardian and several other trustee businesses, is the director of Coulthard Barnes, chair of both the Regional Facilities Auckland board and the publicly listed New Zealand payroll provider, PaySauce. PaySauce recently launched a new draw-down service to give employees interest-free access to money they have already earned as soon as they earn it aimed at preventing people having to resort to pay day lenders (which charge up to 700% interest).

Earlier in his career, Andrew identified the opportunity for the evolution of real estate in Australia and was chairman of realestate.com.au at the time of its IPO on the ASX. Later, he becameCEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based investment management and advisory company, leading the sale to private capital in 2007. He was managing director of Australian Wealth Management Limited, a major Australian wealth management and trustee business that he led to IPO in 2005. Andrew holds an MA from Selwyn College, Cambridge and an ACIB (UK), and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Andrew also saved the historic classic racing yacht Ariki from near-ruin by purchasing her and undertaking an extensive restoration project which saw Ariki re-launched in April 2018 at the National Maritime Museum in Auckland where she is now berthed. Andrew is a sought after keynote speaker and is regularly asked to address audiences internationally on subjects as diverse as governance, philanthropy and business, leadership, entrepreneurship, team culture and change management topics.