Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Peter Gordon

Senior Associate

Peter comes to SDDirect with more than thirty-five years professional experience, including the past ten years spent as an independent consultant focusing on HIV, sexuality, sexual health and rights, qualitative research, gender and violence.  He has conducted evaluations, action research, reviews and lessons learned exercises, and has produced numerous technical documents in the forms of training materials, literature reviews, position papers and reports. Peter has worked globally. Clients have included DFID, AusAID and the EC, as well as UN agencies and international NGOs.

Peter started his career working in a variety of social work settings in London, working with adults facing complex mental health challenges. He went on to focus professionally on the issue of sexuality. Over a six year period he provided psycho-sexual counselling services in a variety of settings, including a sexually transmitted disease clinic, the out-patient department of a psychiatric hospital, a London based NGO for gay men and in private practice. During this time, Peter began what was to become a long-term involvement in responding to the HIV epidemic when he joined the training department of the UK Family Planning Association. He spent four years designing and delivering experiential learning and training events and materials - for a variety of professionals and disciplines - focusing upon sexuality, HIV and communication.

Peter’s first international assignment, undertaken on behalf of WHO, involved training a group of HIV counsellors in the Gambia. That same year, (1990) he became the first Sexual Health Adviser at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) where he continued and developed his work on sexuality and HIV, this time in an international setting. His work focused upon integrating responses to HIV within existing sexual and reproductive health programmes around the world and included the implementation of a Ford Foundation-funded action research study in several countries. He went on to spent three years with the UNDP’s HIV and Development Programme in New York, where he worked on issues relating to HIV and rights, gender, violence and community based responses. 

Peter holds a MA Honours degree in History and Sociology from Glasgow University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Sexuality from St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London,  an MSc  in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and most recently  in 2011 he received a doctorate from the University of London (Royal Holloway).

He plays piano (badly) but this does not deter him from pursuing an enduring passion for a variety of forms of music. Fortunately, Bob (Peter’s dog, a giant schnauzer) is tone deaf.