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AHRI Chairman

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson AM FCPHR 

Peter Wilson is Chairman of the Australian Human Resource Institute Limited, CPA Australia Ltd, the Australian Network on Disability Limited, and of the World HR Federation (WFPMA) as its President & Chairman. The WFPMA is the peak world body for the human resources profession across 700,000 professionals in 95 countries, and is based in Washington DC.

Peter is also the immediate past Chairman of Yarra Valley Water for nine years to 2015, and also of Vision Super (2013-14).

He is currently a non-executive director of:

  • Vison Super, and also now chairs its Audit Risk & Compliance Committee
  • Bank First.

Peter is a Member of the Advisory Council for the Harvard Business Review, an Adjunct Professor in Management at the Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne, and a member of the Society of Human Resources Management’s Global HR Thought Leaders since 2010. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University, and an accredited PhD Supervisor at the Latrobe Business School, Latrobe University.  He delivered the 2014 Kingsley Laffer Oration at Sydney University, and also delivered the inaugural John Prescott Family Oration at Monash University in October, 2016.

He completed a research fellowship role under our Prime Minister’s ‘Australia – China Climate Change Partnership’. Peter was also Program Director for the Business Council of Australia’s Mentoring program for senior executive women.  He authored the AHRI White Paper entitled people@work/2020, and the book Make Mentoring Work (Major Street Publishing) in 2012, with the second released in May 2015.

Prior to 2005, Peter held group executive roles at ANZ Bank, Amcor Limited, and as CEO of Energy 21.

He has held non-executive director appointments on Boards of Dalgety Farmers, Kimberly Clark, Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club, the World Basketball Championships, and the Commonwealth Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission as Chairman.

Peter Wilson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for services to workplace relations and safety, and community service, and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2004.

Peter lives in Melbourne with his wife Rebecca, and has two adult children.

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