Retiring from full-time employment with the Australian Government in 2013, Peter currently chairs the Steering Committee of the National Environmental Science Program’s Marine Biodiversity Hub, and the boards of the Australian Tropical Herbarium and the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute. He is a director of Ecotourism Australia, Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Earthwatch Australia Institute. He chairs the Steering Group of the Protected Area Learning and Research Collaboration.
He was elected in 2016 as a member of the Council of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He has been appointed as the IUCN Council focal person on oceans and is a member of the IUCN Global Green List Committee. In 2017 he was appointed as a Commissioner of the NSW Independent Planning Commission. In 2018 he was appointed as an Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Natural Resources Commission. He consults on environment and governance issues. He co-chaired the Bioregional Advisory Panel of the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review, and was a member of its Expert Scientific Panel (2015-16).
Peter was Director of National Parks and head of Parks Australia from 1999-2013. From 1994-99 he was Deputy Executive Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. He was an adviser on environment and sustainable development to two federal Ministers for Primary Industries and Energy from 1990-94. From 1974-1990 he worked at the Research School of Biological Sciences, ANU supporting a range of field and laboratory studies on the ecology and eco-physiology of native plant species.
He has a BSC and Master of Public Policy from ANU.