Chairman of the Board, Mr Andrew Marshall, is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Sandeman as Chief Executive Officer of AnglicareSA.

The Rev’d Peter Sandeman brings to his new role the unique combination of extensive experience working in the community sector, Government and the Anglican Church both on a national stage and in South Australia.

For the past three years Peter has been Chief Executive of Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT, a multi-service agency focusing on aged care, early education, out-of-home-care, disability services, homelessness services and community development in Canberra and across the rural and remote two-thirds of NSW.

Before moving interstate, Peter served as Registrar of the Diocese of Adelaide and before that General Manager (Community Services) of Mission Australia.

Peter has a long history working for social and economic development in South Australia having been variously the Director of Disability Services, Director of Primary Health, the inaugural Director of the Office of the North and established Case Management SA for the Department of Trade and Economic Development.

“With his broad range of skills, a passion for community service and strong links with Adelaide’s Christian community, Peter is perfectly placed to take on the role of CEO and exceptionally serve those in AnglicareSA as well as those in the community,” Andrew says.

“Peter passionately believes in the importance of building partnerships between Anglicare, local parishes and schools to better meet the needs of the disadvantaged in our community.”

During his time at Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT Peter developed integrated mission, communications and fundraising plans with the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn to aid the development of new and innovative community projects.

“I have always had a strong commitment to building human, social and economic capital in disadvantaged communities,” Peter says.

“In recent times there has been a distancing of the relationship between faith-based agencies and their founding churches but I believe the Anglican Church, in partnership with AnglicareSA, is well placed to play a significant role in supporting South Australians in need.”

A legacy of Peter’s time in Canberra has been the implementation of a five year strategic plan prioritising support for rural and remote indigenous communities.  Part of this plan involved the appointment of Archdeacon Karen Kime to support indigenous communities, identify gaps in service provision and implement solutions in partnership with local Anglican parishes.

“This is an exciting and historically significant development not just for Anglicare but for the Anglican Church as a whole,” Peter says.

“I am looking forward to building on the skills and experience I have developed in Canberra and NSW in my new role with AnglicareSA.   Anglicare in South Australia is further along the journey in terms of its business growth and positioning in the sector and the community which means there are many strategic opportunities in Adelaide to work with Government and community partners to develop better public policy.”

Peter and his wife Deborah have adult children and other immediate family in Adelaide so they are looking forward to ‘coming home’ when he takes up his position sometime in November.

“Returning to the Diocese of Adelaide as a core member of the leadership team is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could not turn down,” Peter says.