Peter had over 25 years of service as a military psychologist prior to his current role as a consulting psychologist. He is a registered psychologist, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and holds adjunct positions at the University of New South Wales, University of Canberra and Adelaide University. He continues to support the Australian Defence Force as an Army Reserve Colonel consultant.
Peter's professional interests include applied human factors and aviation psychology (including accident investigation); fatigue, performance and safety management in high-reliability occupations; organisational climate assessment and interventions; the translation of human science research into pragmatic guidance material; strategic human resource management, including policy development and evaluation; the design and implementation of selection, allocation and assessment centre techniques; resilience and recovery from high-stress events (such as body recovery tasks and unlawful captivity); and human sciences research in real-world settings.
In terms of aviation-related experience, Peter was the senior human factors specialist within Australian Army Aviation for four years. During that period, he was a member of eight accident investigation teams, including the 2005 Sea King accident on the island of Nias in Indonesia. Peter edited and contributed to the 2005 publication 'Focus on Human Factors in Aviation' which was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society (Australian Division) Field Award for Flying Safety. Peter has recently consulted for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in relation to non-technical skills and fatigue risk management systems. He has an extensive applied research background, which has included research positions with the Canadian Forces and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, and membership of five international collaborative research panels, including one devoted to military aviation human factors.
Peter's formal qualifications span the areas of psychology, defence studies, international relations, human resource management, aviation human factors and accident investigation. He has over 70 publications, mainly in the human performance and human resources domains.