Our CEO and founding leader of the Centre, Alison Taylor, has announced her resignation.

Alison says it was a really hard decision to make.

“What we all know from our work with innovative community and social businesses, is that ‘founder syndrome’ is a real risk. As a founder, you have to know when to move on.  I look at the Centre now and think it is in excellent shape for a new leader to come in to lead the next stage of its development.”

The chair of the Centre’s board, Mel Hewitson, says she accepted Alison’s resignation reluctantly.

“We are very sorry to lose Alison but she leaves with so much achieved. Since 2014 she has taken the Centre from start-up to an established organisation with an excellent reputation for the quality of the work delivered by its remarkable network of practitioners.  Alison leaves us knowing that she has built strong foundations for the next chapter in the Centre’s evolution as a centre of excellence for New Zealand.”

The creation of the network is a source of particular pride to Alison.

“We have brought together people who see their work at the Centre as a way of contributing to shaping a better future for our communities.  They bring a depth of skills and experience across the range of disciplines we need to help our partners achieve social impact.  They also bring a commitment to high integrity relationships, both within the network, and with those we work alongside.

“I look forward before I leave to drawing together my reflections from the last six years about founding a social business.  It’s been an exhilarating process and I think what has been learnt will be of value to the wider sector.”

Over the coming weeks, the Centre’s Board will begin the process of recruiting a new chief executive to continue the work of delivering on the Centre’s vision to turn social investment into social impact for sustainable change.