Peter Hutchison appointed President of the Cancer Society of New Zealand

Dunedin businessman Peter Hutchison has been elected as President of the National Board of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

Mr Hutchison had been serving as Acting President of the Society since February when Murray MacCormick stepped down from the position.

Confirmation of Mr Hutchison’s appointment was confirmed at the Cancer Society’s recent AGM in Wellington.

“The Cancer Society of New Zealand is one of the country’s iconic charity organisations,” Mr Hutchison says.

“It has a truly national footprint, with 16 offices located throughout the country, six regionally-based Divisions as well as a National Office in Wellington.

“It is a tribute to the esteem in which the organisation is held that it is aided in its work by tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the year, both for nationwide fundraising drives such as Daffodil Day and the upcoming Relay for Life, but also in the provision of everyday care and support for the thousands of Kiwi families who annually face the emotional and physical challenge that cancer provides.

“To be elected by my peers to lead such an organisation is indeed a privilege.”

The new President brings a wealth of business and governance experience to the role, and is a Charter Member of the Institute of Directors.

Mr Hutchison has a strong understanding of the Cancer Society through an association dating back close to three decades. He has previously served as Chairman of Daffodil Enterprises Limited, as a member of the National Finance and Risk Committee, as a board member and lately as Vice President of the National Board and as Divisional President with the Otago and Southland Division.

"I was invited to join the Cancer Society many years ago by the late Dr John Heslop and found the organisation suited my desire to put something back into the local community,” Mr Hutchison recalls.

“As time passed, I have found that my skills were of use to the national body and have over the past decade continued to do whatever I could to assist the Society." 

While the official commencement of his tenure represents a new chapter for the Cancer Society, the new President paid tribute to the work of his predecessor.

"Murray MacCormick served as National President for two-and-a-half years and was on the National Board for six. Prior to that, he had been active within his local Auckland Division, which he served for many years. His service to the organisation as a whole has been outstanding”.

Mr Hutchison leads a Board that also includes six regional representatives from across the Cancer Society.