The Student Leadership Programme

David Kirk

Businessman & Rugby World Cup Winning Captain

Born in Auckland, David Kirk studied medicine at the University of Otago where he played provincial rugby. In 1983, he was launched into his international career playing for the All Blacks; captaining New Zealand to victory in the first Rugby World Cup in 1987.

David retired from competitive rugby at the age of 26 to take up a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

After his studies at Oxford, he returned to New Zealand, becoming the Wellington NPC coach and a media commentator. Having run for the New Zealand National Party?s nomination in a 1992 by-election, Kirk served as a staffer to Prime Minister Jim Bolger, and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

From October 2005 to December 2008 he was Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Media, Australia?s largest publishing group. His current positions include Chairman of the Hoyts Theatre Group and a Director of Forsyth Barr, one of the largest investment banks in New Zealand.

David is President of the New Zealand Rugby Players Association, an honorary ambassador for the World Food Programme and is a Trustee of a number of charities. He is also the author of two books Black and Blue and The Road to Cardiff and has been a regular contributor to newspapers around the world.