Jon Calder is an experienced leader with a track record of growing brands and improving sustainable performance. The change leader joined Tompkins Wake in 2016, bringing with him extensive leadership experience, business acumen and a passion for designing strategy and building organisation-wide capability.
As CEO of the Hamilton-headquartered firm, Calder leads 130 staff, including 24 partners and more than 80 lawyers, and continues to build on the strong Tompkins Wake culture to ensure all staff are safe, have a voice and are supported with any challenge they face.
Calder led Tompkins Wake through its growth to become a leading New Zealand law firm. His authentic-style leadership saw the firm win Mid-Size Law Firm of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards in 2019 and 2020. It also won the Employer of Choice (51 to 100 Lawyers) award in 2020, and its legal technology and automation platform, AdviSME, received the NZ Lawyer Innovative Law Firms award in 2019 and 2020.
Calder himself was named Chief Executive of the Year at the Westpac Waikato Business Awards in 2018 and was also recognised as Managing Partner (Chief Executive) of the Year (<100 Lawyers) at the 2019 and 2020 New Zealand Law Awards.
Prior to joining Tompkins Wake, Calder held senior leadership roles at some of New Zealand’s most iconic organisations, including Air New Zealand and Infratil.