Peter began his career at Forsythes/Deloitte's Newcastle office in 1982 and spent seven years in both business services and audit. Peter then moved to London in 1989 where he worked for second tier firm Kidsons Impey on a forensic accounting assignment, investigating the takeover bid by Minorco for Consolidated Gold Fields. He has a Bachelor of Commerce - University of Newcastle and is a Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia & New Zealand.
On returning to Australia in 1992 he was approached by a former colleague to join Macmillans Accountants in Maitland, but soon after headed north to take up a partner-designate position with Blackburn Prior in 1993, where he became a partner/director in 1995. With family on the north coast and a growing young family of his own, Blackburn Prior was the natural choice due to size and culture. Peter moved into the next stage of his working life with Blackburn 'Prior on the 1 April 2020, by selling his equity in the business and moving to a consultancy role. His involvement with clients and the firm will continue with the same commitment and endeavor as it has in the past.
Peter has considerable experience in the pharmaceutical industry, both in retail shops and wholesaling/buying groups. In a broader client sense his ability to communicate with clients to establish plans, provide advice or to ensure they understand all aspects of work being done for them are key strengths. Peter attributes his understanding of good client relationships to a mentor from Forsythes/Deloitte, and his role working alongside a QC during the forensic accounting assignment in the UK honed his organisational skills and attention to detail.
He firmly believes in the need for clients to consider all aspects of a significant transaction before proceeding and that a successful transaction is one that takes into account economic, financial and regulatory (including tax) implications. This is especially important as a transaction can have significant impact on a client's private life. Peter has great interest in fully understanding his clients' businesses and what drives them; visiting their farm, factory or other place of work is always appreciated and enables him to understand their challenges and objectives.
When not in the office Peter’s true passion is sport, particularly cricket and all codes of football, be that in Australia or internationally. After playing rugby union for many years, he spent more than ten years on the Wollongbar-Alstonville Rugby Club Committee and during that time also coached and managed junior rugby teams in which his two boys played, including coordinating two of the Club's biannual tours to New Zealand.
Peter’s other true passion is travelling with his wife either in their campervan for a quick weekend getaway or to visit their adult children.
Words to live by: Always be honest and approachable; Treat others as you'd expect to be treated yourself; Confront problems and difficult situations head-on as they very rarely improve and mostly get worse the longer you leave them.