The President of Rotary International (RI), Mark Daniel Maloney, has announced who his Personal Representive will be at the District 9820 Conference in Bendigo from 20th- 22nd March.  He has nominated Past RI Director, Stuart Heal, from the Rotary Club of Cromwell in District 9980 (New Zealand) and his partner Adrienne to attend the conference.
 
Stuart has enjoyed a successful and varied business career. He was CEO of New Zealand’s largest agricultural supply co-operative for 20 years until 2004. He is now self-employed as a business mentor and a director of a number of companies across many different sectors including, manufacturing, wine, health, power generation, retail and forestry.
 
Adrienne is also a Rotarian and was Cromwell Club President in 2008/09.  Up until 2009, she was a teacher providing support for children aged 11 to 15 with learning and behavioural needs.
 
Stuart came into Rotary following selection as a team member on Group Study Exchange. He went to Nigeria in 1987 as a member of the team from District 9980. Much earlier, in 1971, he won a Rotary Youth Leadership award and attended District 9920 RYLA that year.  Stuart subsequently joined the Dunedin Rotary Club in 1987 and was club President in 1994/95, and District Governor in District 9980 in 1999/2000.
 
He was involved with the GSE programme as District chair in 1991-1993 and Adrienne is currently a member of the District GSE committee.  Stuart has been a member of the Management Committee for RDU, our regional magazine, for the past five years. He has also been a training leader at International Assembly twice (2003, 2004) and remains a member of his District’s training team. 
 
In 2005, he was awarded the Citation of Meritorious Service from the Rotary Foundation, following three years as Foundation Chair for the District.