New community leadership programme launched

30 April 2015

Dr Peter Sun

Dr Peter Sun.

A new leadership programme is being launched this week that will bring together participants from all sectors - public and private, not-for-profits and charities.

It's been developed by the newly formed Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) – a charitable trust working in conjunction with the University of Waikato Management School.

Building leaders from all walks of life

The aim of the programme is to build future Waikato leaders from all walks of life who can re-imagine wealth creation from social, environmental, cultural and economic perspectives.

The 17-day leadership programme will run over 10 months, with the first intake in July and participants will be mentored on how to develop their own leadership competencies, working on their own company, organisation or community-based projects.

CELF founders key drivers

Dr Bernie Crosby, founder of Prolife Foods, and David Irving from Auckland business incubator The Icehouse are two of the foundation trustees of CELF and key drivers of the leadership programme.

"David and I were speaking at a University of Waikato leadership programme with Dr Peter Sun from Waikato Management School and it was apparent we had one thing in common - an interest in fostering leadership. David and I believe that there is more to business than profit, that revenues come from the community we live in and we have a responsibility to give back to that community," says Dr Crosby.

Sponsors a big help

Dr Peter Sun says the CELF programme is designed for people from all walks of life who have clearly demonstrated the potential to lead.  He says the programme has been made possible by the generous donation of nine foundation sponsors. They are Bank of New Zealand, Foster Construction, Gallagher Group Ltd, Prolife Foods, Schick Construction, Stafford Industries, Stainless Design, Tomkins Wake and WEL Energy Trust.

The foundational sponsors have the right to send one person from their own company and will support another from the wider community, ie arts, sports, music, not for profits, social, anyone in the community who shows leadership traits and wants to optimise these attributes, says Dr Sun.

"Here at the University of Waikato, we believe the programme aligns nicely with our values and our drive to build leaders who will make significant contributions to their communities, to society and to New Zealand as a whole."The CELF leadership programme will have its official launch on Wednesday 22 April at 6pm in the Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato.

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