Consultancy | Governance

Peter’s various roles as a consultant draw on his 16-year involvement with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, first as Deputy Chair (1996-2002) and then as Chief Executive (2002-2012). The NZSO, New Zealand’s national orchestra, has an annual budget of over NZ $17 million, gives over 100 concerts each year, and has had well over a million CDs distributed (and reviewed) internationally. During Peter’s time as Chief Executive, the Orchestra undertook four international tours including, in 2010, a triumphant 11-concert tour of Europe (that produced standing ovations in Vienna’s fabled Musikverein and in Lucerne).

Peter’s involvement in Higher Education has also been extensive. He has chaired the Creative and Performing Arts Panel of the Tertiary Education Commission’s PBRF exercise since its inception in 2003 and is the only New Zealander to have served as a panel member in the Higher Education Funding Council of England’s Research Assessment Exercise (2006-8). During his period as Professor of Music and Head of the Music School at Victoria University, the Music School gained an outstanding reputation for its prowess in musicology, composition and performance.

Peter is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.


Chief Executive, Chamber Music New Zealand 2015-

Member of the Music Advisory Committee of The Lilburn Trust

Trustee, Kiwi Music Trust

Trustee, Judith Clark Memorial Trust

ROLES 2002-2014

Pro-Chancellor Victoria University of Wellington 2015 (Council Member, elected by the Court of Convocation, from 2013-2015.)

Deputy Chair, Chamber Music New Zealand 2013-2014

Advisory Board of Victoria University Press | Rattle Records 2013-2015

Remarkables Park Ltd: Principal consultant, Performing Arts Programme. 2012-2013

Chair, Creative and Performing Arts Panel for the Tertiary Education Commission‘s Performance-Based Research Funding Exercise 2003-2012.

Assisting The Age of Discovery in advancing their position as leaders in historically-inspired performance in New Zealand 2012

Board member Health Sponsorship Council (until 30 June 2012, when HSC was absorbed into the new Health Promotion Authority.)

Orchestral development in Samoa (Government of Samoa; NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) 2012-

Chief Executive, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 2002-2011

Deputy Chair, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 1996-2002