It’s my turn to write Peter’s Blog because this week we want to acknowledge and share with you Peter’s recent achievement in being awarded the Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to the business and the community, which he received in an investiture ceremony at Government House last week.
When it was suggested that Peter should write about this for his blog, his response was “No, that is too much about me” and he is exactly right. It should be about Peter, as we are very lucky to have such an inspirational leader in our city.
Peter has been CEO of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC) since 1996, and since 2010 he has been heavily involved with earthquake recovery issues for Canterbury business.
His unique leadership style for both our organisation, our members and across the wider community has always been well received. He is known for this forward thinking, positivity and his infectious enthusiasm and ‘glass half full’ attitude.
Peter has a unique ability to interact with and engage with individuals across all walks of life, all business sectors and sizes and the wider community, and is well respected for his ability to see a clear vision and direction and identify the way to reach it.
Since the day Peter started in his role as CEO, he has created a unique environment for the team at CECC. In many respects, Peter was ahead of his time introducing things such as flexibility in the workplace, empowerment of staff and workplace wellness – all of which are fundamental parts of the workplace ethos at the CECC and being led from the top by Peter.
Peter’s level headed approach, forward thinking and optimism have inspired many and provided clarity and certainty at a time when this city really needs it.
We are extremely proud of what Peter has achieved in the Canterbury business community and further afield through the many external activities he is involved in, but we are particularly proud and feel privileged to have him as our leader.
Well done Peter!Leeann Watson and the CECC team