Andrew Barnes is the founder of Perpetual Guardian and author of The 4 Day Week: How the Flexible Work Revolution Can Increase Productivity, Profitability and Well-being, and Create a Sustainable Future.
Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. In New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally.
As the innovator behind the 4 Day Week, Andrew is regularly asked to address international audiences on the future of work and subjects such as governance, philanthropy, business leadership, entrepreneurship, company culture and change management, and presented a TEDx Talk on the topic in 2019.
The 4 Day Week has triggered changes in government thinking and generated interest from companies and academics around the world. Most recently, the Spanish government agreed to support a 4 Day Week trial for interested companies, and California Congressman Mark Takano introduced legislation to reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32.
In response to the demand for more insight, Andrew published a white paper on the 4 Day Week in 2019 and wrote a book on the topic, released in 2020 in North America, New Zealand and Australia, the UK and Europe. He also established 4 Day Week Global, a not-for-profit, international community of people interested in ushering in the work model of the 21st century.
Through this work Andrew is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.