Peter studied geology by chance – it was the fourth first year university subject when his scholarship providers would not allow the choice of applied maths. That led to a geology major and, following a period as a science school teacher at Maryborough in Victoria, a career at Mount Isa Mines (MIM) in north-west Queensland. Peter became chief geologist at the mine before moving to Brisbane as a project manager for MIM Holdings. He then spent a time with a junior exploration company as an individual consultant and exploration manager until he joined AMC Consultants as a Principal Geologist, where he has consulted since 2004.
Peter joined the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) in 1992 and is still the Deputy Chairman; he was Chairman from 2005 to 2014, and Secretary from 1999 to 2005. He is also a JORC representative on the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO). He has written numerous papers on Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve estimation, classification, exploration research and practice, including papers in AusIMM Monographs 23 and 30 Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves Estimation – The AusIMM Guide to Good Practice. Peter was Chair of AusIMM’s Geoscience Taskforce, an AusIMM Councillor, Branch Chair, and Secretary. He was a member of the Coal Guidelines Committees that developed the 2001 and 2014 Edition of the Australian Guidelines for the Estimation and Classification of Coal Resources.
Peter is an Honorary Fellow of AusIMM and a Chartered Professional (CP) in geology. Peter has received three awards from the AusIMM: the President’s Award in 2015, an Honorary Fellowship in 2012 and the Institute Service Award in 2008.
Peter is also an Honorary Member of the China Mining Association, granted in recognition of his training work with senior Chinese professionals in the JORC Code and international reporting standards.