In Australia, Peter is Chair of Chunky Move, Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. He is also a member of the Board of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.
Peter has a first class honours degree in English Literature and Latin from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
In New Zealand, Peter is Chair of the New Zealand Book Council, Chair of the Panel advising the Government Review of Symphony Orchestras, Chair of the Government Reference Group on Private Giving and Partnerships for the Arts (he recently chaired the Government’s Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce), a member of the nz@frankfurt Advisory Board, a member of the World War 1 Centenary Panel, a Board member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a Trustee of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust.
He was also Chair of Creative New Zealand from 1999 to 2006.
Peter is married to Mary and has four children. They split their time between their home in Melbourne and their farm in New Zealand.
He was named Wellingtonian of the Year in 2003.
He was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the Queen’s Birthday Honours announcement in June 2013.