Peter Glensor comes from a background of leadership in the community sector, with over 40 years of experience in a variety of industries. Peter joined not-for-profit organisation Social Development Partners (SDP) as their Executive Director in January this year, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

During his time working in the not-for-profit sector Peter has seen immense changes, “I began in the sector when the height of technology was an electric typewriter and an electric Gestetner!” he recalls. “Today, we can access huge amounts of information from anywhere in the world, and speak to just about anyone, just about anywhere. It’s so exciting to be able to draw on the insights of others, and to access ideas and new information… In order to be as efficient as possible, we must stay on top of technology, and take advantage of the massive gains that IT systems can give us.”

Peter continues to work in the not-for-profit sector because of the passion he has for the sector, and the possibilities that exist within it. For anyone wanting to take their community organisation to the next level Peter recommends committing to a culture of collaboration and cooperation, rather than one of competitiveness and disintegration. In order to build strength within our community organisations Peter says “it’s important we are proud of who we are”. Additionally, “it’s important people in our sector are open to new ideas and insights,” he emphasises.

“It does take hard work. It does take a willingness to change. It does mean some risk taking. And it does mean keeping our heads up so we can watch the whole horizon, not just our tiny “patch”.  But the rewards are enormous – strong, vibrant and thriving people, families and communities.”

As an organisation, SDP operates on a national level “for community organisations in New Zealand, working with our members and others to help strengthen the capacity and influence of the tangata whenua, voluntary & community sector” says Peter. It was founded 45 years ago as The Federation of Voluntary Welfare organisations – an umbrella for the large national social service agencies. The organisation since re-branded in 2011 and now has around 100 national, regional and local members, with around 10,000 paid staff and 40,000 volunteers.

“Social Development Partners is entering into a process of amalgamation with ANGOA, another national NGO umbrella body, and that this is an opportunity to think again and get excited about who we are as a sector.”

For more information on the organisation, or on Peter Glensor, visit the Social Development Partners website.


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