Peter studied at Gatton College (1962 to 1964), graduating with a Diploma in Agriculture. He then obtained a State Government Scholarship to study at the UQ and the ANU. From this further period of study Peter obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Master of Business Administration.

Peter worked at the Department of Forestry from 1969 to 1979 and held senior roles in various Queensland government departments from 1979 to 1988. Since 1988 he has been a director of the Consultancy Bureau, a multidisciplinary business and management company working with Government and private sector organisations.

Peter has had significant roles in high profile reviews of state government departments. He was the Government appointed consultant to the Fitzgerald Inquiry, was involved with the establishment of the Criminal Justice Commission (now the Crime and Corruption Commission), the Administrative Review Commission and developing reforms to the Queensland Police Service.