Disruption, Business and Changing the World
Peter is Chairman and one of the original founders of Greenhill Australia, a leading Australian corporate advisory firm which is now part of the global Greenhill advisory group. Peter has been advising local and multi-national companies and governments in Australia for over 30 years.
Major advisory roles led by Peter include:
- The Federal Government on the combined sale and transfer to the Future Fund of its 51% shareholding in Telstra ($23bn); on the first tranche sell-down of Telstra ($14.3bn) and on the business plan for the build out of the National Broadband Network ($36bn);
- Westpac Banking Corporation on its merger with St George ($18.6bn) and the spin-off of its investment management business via IPO ($770m);
- AMP on its demerger into two separate companies, AMP and HHG and the associated $1.7bn of equity raisings; on the sale of its general insurance business ($1.6bn), and on the sale of various banking businesses; and
- James Hardie on resolving its asbestos related financial challenges through negotiation with the Unions, the asbestos support groups and the New South Wales Government and by the development of a long term funding arrangement (1.6bn).
Peter is also Chairman of Cambooya Services Pty Ltd which runs the Family Office for the Vincent Fairfax Family.
Peter Chaired the Securities Institute’s Taskforce responsible for the Mergers and Acquisitions graduate diploma course between 1993 and 2000 and was a member of the ASIC Advisory Panel between 2009 and 2012.
In the not for profit sector, Peter is Chairman of Grameen Foundation Australia and So They Can (both involved in overseas poverty alleviation work), a Trustee of the Anindilyakwa Indigenous Mining Trust, a founder of Manly Women’s Shelter and founder and a director of Women's Community Shelters. Peter is also a member of the Advisory Councils of Mission Australia and the Centre for Social Impact. Previous roles in the sector have included Chairman of the AMP Foundation, Chairman of the Australian String Quartet, Trustee of St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation and a director of Odyssey House, and the St James Ethics Centre.
Peter was made a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 2010 for services to the philanthropic sector.