CNZM (Wellington) Peter is Chair of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). Prior to this he was Chief Executive of advertising agency Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne and Wellington. In addition to his involvement in a number of Arts organisations in Australia, Peter is Chair of the New Zealand Book Council, Chair of the Government Reference Group on Private Giving and Partnerships for the Arts (he recently chaired the Government's Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce), a member of the World War 1 Centenary Panel, and is a Board member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (he was Chair of the Panel advising the Government's review of the Symphony Orchestras). He was also Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand from 1999 to 2006. A former Wellingtonian of the Year, Peter was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013. Peter has a first class honours degree in English Literature and Latin from Victoria University of Wellington. He is married to Mary and has four children. Their family home is "Te Puhi", a property just outside Featherston.