Peter Cochrane

Sydney, Australia


Peter has over twenty years experience in senior executive leadership and governance roles in the public and private sectors. He consults on environment and sustainability issues, and is currently an adviser to the national State of Environment Report 2016 focused on building its audience and utility, and its potential form post 2016.

He chairs the Steering Committee of the National Environmental Science Program’s Marine Biodiversity Hub and its Research Users Committee.

He is a Director of Ecotourism Australia, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, and chairs the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute. He sits on the Steering Group of the Protected Area Learning and Research Collaboration.

Peter is a member of Marine National Facility National Benefit Assessment Panel and a member of the science evaluation panel for Geoscience Australia’s marine program.

He was elected in September 2016 to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Council to serve a four year term as a Regional Councillor for Oceania. Peter is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and was a member of its Executive and Steering Committees (2014-2016).

He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University.

He is an associate with two consulting companies: Futureye and Empowering Engagements.

Peter was Director of National Parks and head of Parks Australia from 1999-2013. He was Deputy Executive Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (1994-1999) and an adviser to two federal Ministers for Primary Industries and Energy (1990-94). He worked in the Australian National University Research School of Biological Sciences as a technical officer and departmental manager in plant ecology and physiology (1974-1990).

He has a BSc (ANU) and a Masters Public Policy (ANU).



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