Sir Richard Hadlee MBE

Sir Richard Hadlee MBE

Sir Richard Hadlee is regarded by many people as the greatest cricketing all rounder of all time. He played international cricket for New Zealand from 1973-1990 and was the first bowler to capture 400 Test wickets, and score 3,124 runs. Prior to his retirement Sir Richard held 3 world records (most 5 wickets in an innings (36x); most 10 wickets in a match (9x); most Test wickets (431). Sir Richard was Knighted in 1990 for Services to Cricket while still playing the game. He is an inspirational speaker who talks on how to achieve success.

Key Points


  • Accomplished after dinner (anecdotal and humour) and or motivational speaker for over 30 years
  • New Zealand Cricket roles – player; selector; manager of A teams; NZC board member; various advisory groups
  • Brand Ambassador for the Bank of New Zealand for 18 years. Supporter of many charities (Patron Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust; Glaucoma; Motor Neuron Disease; Patron Cricket Live Foundation); Patron India NZ Business Council
  • NZ Sportsperson of the Year in 1980 & 86; NZ Sportsman of the last 25 years in 1987; NZ Sportsman of the Decade in 1989; Inducted into the ICC World Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009
  • International Cricket commentator & columnist
  • Author of 13 books including his biography, cricket coaching and cricket humour

 

Biography

Sir Richard Hadlee was raised in a cricketing family with his father, Walter, having played cricket for New Zealand in 1930’s-1951. With 5 boys in the family growing up, cricket was very much part of their upbringing in the backyard. Barry, Dayle and Richard represented New Zealand in the inaugural Cricket World Cup in England in 1975.

Sir Richard first played for New Zealand in 1973 and joined Nottinghamshire in 1978 to play county cricket for a further 10 years. That was the greatest opportunity of his life as that was when he learned how to be a professional cricketer. It was during this time he got to know what his body was capable of doing, how to prepare, develop his skills and become a good team player. He got into good habits, disciplines and routines. New Zealand won two county championships and a Lord’s one day final. In 1984 Sir Richard achieved the elusive double in English county cricket – capturing 100 wickets (117) and scoring 1000 runs (1174) during the first class season.

His greatest day in Test cricket was helping to beat Australia in Australia for the first time. During the match he captured 9/52 in Australia’s first innings, scored a half century and took six wickets in the second innings.

Sir Richard played in an era throughout the 70’s and 80’s where New Zealand cricket experienced some significant first wins – 1974 New Zealand beat Australia and in 1978 after 50 years and 50 tests of trying they defeated England. New Zeland beat England in England for the first time in 1983.

He won the Winsor Trophy on 13 occasions (12 consecutively) for the Most Meritorious Bowling Performance during a New Zealand domestic season.

After retirement in 1990 Sir Richard became the BNZ ambassador for 18 years – special events, staff, charitable and customer engagement.

His life in cricket continued with many different roles including TV and radio commentary coaching, chairman of selectors, managing NZ A teams to Sri Lanka and India, being on special advisory groups and now a NZC Board member.

His charitable work includes health awareness and he has his own Sports Trust that helps young sportspeople under 25 who are in hardship or in need of financial assistance to help them achieve their goals.

Today, Sir Richard is involved with public relations and promotional work that take him to various parts of the world including numerous speaking engagements.

Sir Richard is a keen golfer and takes full advantage of living on a golf course. He also enjoys gardening, watching movies / sport and walking the dog.

Presentation Topics
  • After dinner speaker
    • Cricket anecdotes and humour sure to amuse and entertain any audience
  • Motivational speaker 
    • His life story including good, bad and indifferent times and using life’s learning experiences to make him a better person
  • Professionalism in sport and relating that to business
    • Values, high standards, hard work
  • Goal setting
    • Having a purpose, focus and direction to achieve your dreams. Going beyond what you think you are capable of achieving
  • Team work
    • What makes a successful Team? Together Everyone Achieves More
  • Leadership
    • Role Models who inspire others to reach and fulfill their potential. “Leadership is getting what you want done by someone"

 

Testimonials

Excellent. Extremely good presentation – well prepared mixed comfortably with guests and was very amenable to photo participation.  Highly recommended!
Jim’s Group

Richard Hadlee has a life outside cricket.  But, he skilfully used his cricket learning to tell us a little about personalities, people and achieving
The Steel Institute of Australia

Our audience appreciated Richard's presentation style and wit. He hit the mark with the audience.
AXA

Speakers you may find interesting
  • Ngahihi o te ra Bidois (Ngahihi)
    Ngahihi -o-te-ra Bidois (Ngahi) is a modern day warrior, outstanding international speaker and leader and Chairman of a $350,000,000 Trust. Drawing on his own experiences, the experiences of others and lessons from ancient Maori wisdom, Ngahi will unravel truths to help people develop their own personal and professional leadership skills – no matter what their shape or size. Ngahi is the face of New Zealand and New Zealand Tourism.
    read more
  • Glenn Cooper AM
    A fifth generation Cooper, Glenn Cooper AM started in the family business in 1990 as its Sales and Marketing Director. Now retired, Glenn remains Coopers Brewery's Chairman and Ambassador. He is also Chairman of Australian Made Australian Grown, the Green and Gold triangle with the stylized kangaroo recognized the world over, and is on several family company boards around Australia as well as Director of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Company and Haymes Paints Australia. He was Chairman of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority for which he was awarded on AM in 2005. Today, Glenn's focus is on continuing the expansion of Coopers Brewery and retaining it as a privately held family company. It is a great emotional story of how a family company has survived now for 156 years and 6 generations of Cooper Family.
    read more
  • Nicolette Rubinsztein
    Nicolette Rubinsztein has forged a stellar career as a company director, strategy expert, actuary, former General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank and a mother of three. Nicolette understands that while career mums are benefiting from improved career equality work life balance is proving elusive. Nicolette references her own career in strategy and working part-time in a senior role, to provide a proven guide for career mums to have it all.  Nicolette speaks on work life balance, having it all, retirement and female leadership. Her new book Not Guilty is not about showing how it can be done perfectly, because it can't, it’s about providing some real tips for women who want both a fulfilling career and a happy family.    
    read more
  • David Hickie
    David Hickie was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Sun-Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is an expert in communications and the media.
    read more
  • Ray Scicluna
    Ray wasn't the brightest kid at school growing up in the rough western suburbs of Melbourne... you had to have 'street-smarts' to survive. Unable to read or write, Ray was the MD of Video Gold, a business venture he started at the age of 22, Video Gold grew to a turnover of $90m in under 12 months. The revolutionary Video Gold copy depth leasing program (of new release movies for $1 a day) changed the video industry overnight and was responsible for the introduction of large shopping centre type video libraries.
    read more
  • Radek Sali
    Radek “Rad” Sali stands as one of Australia’s most successful businessmen and is a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness sector. Rad revolutionised the Swisse Wellness group by making the category aspirational and pioneering the use of brand ambassadors. Then in 2015, Rad helped negotiate the sale of the group to Hong Kong listed Biostime for over $1.7 billion, one of the biggest private company transactions in Australian history. Rad used the proceeds to set up his company, Light Warrior, an investment group committed to creating shared value by investing in businesses that are socially responsible and environmentally conscious. In addition to Chairman of Light Warrior, Rad is the Chairman of MAdE Establishment, a Director for Made by Cow, One Giant Mind, Hydralyte, myDNA, Stratosphere and Wanderlust Australia. Radek is also the Chairman and Co-founder of the not for profit Lightfolk Foundation, Chairman of Food and Wine Victoria, a Director for the charity Igniting Change, Hawthorn Football Club Director, The B Team member, the National Institute of Integrative Medicine Director and a Campaign Cabinet member for Latrobe University. Rad has an ability to recognise the positive and negative decisions customers make and why, so he can capitalise on it. With an endearing presenting style, he will share the trials and tribulations of his remarkable career with insights that are invaluable to any organisation. © ICMI Speakers & Entertainers
    read more
  • Christophe Barriere-Varju
    Having competed in the gruelling and most dangerous 10,000kms off-road race on earth both in Africa and South America Christophe knows a thing or two about "Mission Impossible" and taking things to a higher level.His latest event was immortalised in the 7 times Award Winning Film, Dream Racer,  watched by audiences in over 145 countries. An incredibly inspiring story internationally acclaimed by viewers worldwide.But Christophe is not just about racing the Dakar Rally or Dream Racer or becoming a legend of one of the toughest motorsport event in the world. MBA educated and having worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York he is a unique blend of adventurer/business man who now advises Government Agencies and large Corporations at his own consulting firm.The gist of it is that Christophe loves a challenge, in fact he is addicted to them, so much so that he spends his time turning his and people's dreams and ideas into reality. The keys he says is "learning how to learn and using challenges, failures and the fear of the unknown into developing your own self-inspiring mindset."
    read more
  • Bill Nelson
    Bill Nelson is an elite international sporting coach who turned his knowledge of developing peak team and individual performance into a world-class corporate consultancy. Bill's wisdom on the science of motivation, performance coaching and team building has been leveraged by business organisations, defence forces, the real estate and telecommunications industries, educational institutions, local government, numerous businesses and elite sporting programs throughout the world.
    read more