Director, IUCN World Heritage Programme
Peter is currently Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme, based in IUCN headquarters, Switzerland. He speaks for IUCN on all matters concerning the World Heritage Convention, including IUCN’s work on monitoring all listed natural sites and evaluating new proposals for World Heritage Listing. Peter was formerly IUCN Senior Adviser on World Heritage and, through the period 2000 to 2017 was a member of the IUCN World Heritage Panel, which reviews World Heritage nominations and provides technical advice to IUCN.
Peter has more than 35 years’ experience working in conservation. He began his career as a park ranger with Australia’s New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service before joining IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme in 1999 where he was Executive Director for the 2003 IUCN World Parks Congress. From 2006 to 2010 he led IUCN’s work on protected areas across 23 countries as Head of its Protected Areas Programme in Asia. He then returned to his homeland Australia, working as a freelance consultant. Peter is also a former CEO and Director of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.