Media Release: New leadership for the Community Sector

The Trustees of Hui E! Community Aotearoa have announced the appointment of their General Manager – Kaiwhakahaere Matua.

He is Peter Glensor – a senior leader in the NGO sector over many years.

Simon Cayley – Chair of the Board of Trustees for Hui E! Community Aotearoa, said that the Trustees were delighted with this appointment. “Peter bring a wealth of experience and energy to his new role. The creation of this new entity opens up new opportunities to promote and support the whole community sector. Peter’s breadth of experience and his demonstrated leadership will help Hui E! become a relevant and respected leader within the sector.”

Sonya Rimene, Deputy Chair of the Trust, notes that Hui E! Community Aotearoa is committed to the whole sector which includes thousands of Maori led and focused groups. “Our Trust Deed commits us to setting up a Treaty Working Group, and Peter’s bicultural experience will be a huge help to make Hui E! fully inclusive across the sector.”

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is a new body, built after months of work by two founding bodies – ANGOA (Association of NGOs of Aotearoa) and Social Development Partners. Its goal is to promote, support and connect the community sector – around 100,000 not-for-profit groups in every sphere of life, with many thousands of volunteers and paid staff, and contributing nearly 5% of NZ’s GDP. The three main functions of Hui E! are:

  • Hui – a forum for the sector
  • Awhina – practical support for the sector
  • Korero – a public voice for the sector.

“This is an exciting and challenging role, and I’m delighted to have been appointed,” said Peter Glensor. “We want to be talking with large and small groups right around the country, discussing the key issues and providing practical support. The community sector is the social glue that holds communities together, and this new body is an exciting new way to provide support and enhance connections.”

For further comment:

  • Simon Cayley – 0274 312277
  • Peter Glensor – 027 241 5152

For more about Hui E! Community Aotearoa www.huie.org.nz or email info@huie.org.nz

 

Background information about Peter Glensor

Peter has been appointed as the founding General Manager – Kaiwhakahaere Matua – of Hui E! Community Aotearoa. He has just completed 11 months as Executive Director of Social Development Partners – one of the partners with ANGOA who helped bring Hui E! into being. He has more than 40 years of engagement and leadership in the community sector, including heading up a local community health service, and a national primary health service umbrella – Health Care Aotearoa.

His long NGO experience includes leadership in the following sectors:

  • Chairing both ANGOA and the Community Sector Taskforce
  • Health sector – primary health, mental health, youth health, public health, alcohol and drugs
  • Community development and volunteering
  • Treaty of Waitangi and race relations issues
  • International aid and development
  • Philanthropy
  • Youth work
  • Church and ecumenical movement
  • Research

On a personal level he continues to be active in the sector, chairing and serving on a number of community organisations.

He was Chair of the Hutt Valley DHB for 7 years, and for three years was Chair of DHBNZ. He has been Chair of ALAC – the Alcohol Advisory Council – Deputy Chair of the Capital & Coast DHB, and a Hutt City Councillor.

As an elected member of the Wellington Regional Council he served six of his nine years as Deputy Chair, and was responsible for oversight of Public Transport, Flood Management, and Economic Development.

He lives in Korokoro, with his wife Dr Joan Skinner. They have a merged family of six children and eight grandchildren.

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