Peter Ottesen

Peter has many years of policy and management experience in the public and private sectors within the agricultural, environment, protected area management (marine and terrestrial), commercial fisheries, tourism, transport, waste management, water, energy, urban planning, sport and event management industries.

He has held positions in the Australian, Canadian, NSW and ACT governments, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Canadian Parks Service, and the ACT government’s Office of Sustainability. A career highlight was his five years with the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games where he established and led its Environment Program. He currently works in the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture.

Since 2000, Peter has been an honorary board member of the Banksia Environmental Foundation, a leading Australian not-for-profit organisation that identifies and rewards environmental excellence.

He has a BSc degree in Marine Ecology (Hons, James Cook University) and a MSc degree in Natural Resource Management (University of Western Australia).

Peter was President of the Conservation Council 2013-15 and remains a Board member.