Sir Eion Edgar is a man who’s made a big difference in New Zealand, both as a visionary business man and as a philanthropist in sport, education, youth, arts, sports and health. And those contributions are still on-going.

Eion is a mainstay of the Forsyth Barr Group Ltd, a Dunedin-headquartered national firm of sharebrokers and investment bankers. He joined the company in 1972, has extensive experience in advising on equities, fixed interest and corporate matters, and has overseen the firm’s expansion nationally.

Football Foundation Chief Executive Noel Barkley and Patron Sir Eion Edgar at the 125th Anniversary of New Zealand Football Copyright Photo: Shane Wenzlick

Based in Queenstown, he now shares his time between chairing Forsyth Barr, business interests and company directorships, and his “good cause” work. The philanthropy work has earned him many awards and accolades, including a knighthood, being named NBR New Zealander of the Year 2004, the Senior NZer of the Year in 2010, and being inducted into the Business Hall of Fame.

He’s the Chairman of the Winter Games NZ Trust, an organisation he created and helps to fund, and is thrilled that it has now one of the top four global winter sports competitions outside of the Winter Olympics.

He is particularly proud of his work with diabetes, and the University’s diabetes research centre, because it is tackling a massive and increasingly costly problem facing New Zealand.

Sir Eion has served on many other organisations, just some of which include the Foundation for Youth Development (formerly Project K), a trustee of the Halberg Disability Foundation, President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and a Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He also founded and help fund the very well utilised Edgar Sports Centre in Dunedin.

And he has made a massive contribution to the financial services industry, formerly serving as Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange, and as a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the Accident Compensation Commission.

Sir Eion loves his Football has been heavily involved in helping the sport progress over the years. “I remember helping to drive the bid to get the Men’s U-17 World Cup in Dunedin in 1999 and then again with the U-20s in 2015”

“The Football Foundation and its Trustees are supporting New Zealand Football in the development and sustainability of the game. I am delighted to act as Honorary Patron for the Foundation as the game continues to grow”