Peter Cochrane has held senior executive leadership and governance roles for nearly twenty years in the public and private sectors. He has a background in environmental science, policy and programs. He was Director of National Parks and head of Parks Australia, the federal national park agency, from 1999-2013, working closely with traditional owners, indigenous community representatives, tourism operators and agencies, state and international park agencies, non-government organisations, and museums, science and research institutions.
He has a passion for creating and sustaining partnerships across government agencies, NGOs and community groups.
Peter chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Protected Area Learning and Research Collaboration which aims to build the competency and professionalism of protected area managers through courses delivered through a network of tertiary institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.
He is Australian Government Ambassador for the IUCN World Parks Congress, a member of the Expert Scientific Panel for the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review and co-chair of the associated Bioregional Advisory Panels, a Director of Ecotourism Australia, a Director and consultant for Empowering Engagements, a Director of Tangaroablue, and an Associate with Futureye. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU.