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Peter Baines


After Dinner - Australians of the Year - Challenge - Inspiration - Inspirational - Keynote Speakers - Leadership - Motivation - Stress Management

Leadership Matters

Throughout almost two decades Peter has experienced, and led people through, some of life’s most challenging events. He has come up against some of the most confronting natural disasters, accidents and acts of terrorism in recent times, making him one of Australia’s most experienced disaster management specialists. In recent years, Peter has led both national and international teams following the Bali Bombings, the Waterfall Train Disaster and the Boxing Day Tsunami. He has firsthand experience of what it takes to achieve results in the midst of human devastation, when outcomes can only be reached through building powerful teams quickly, and how to focus on getting the job done in the face of intense environmental, political and media pressures.

Peter Baines began his working career as a Crime Scene Investigator prior to moving into a Command position within the Forensic Services Group of the NSW Police. He has completed University studies in the area of Forensic Science, Law and postgraduate studies in Management. Peter also sits on a number of National bodies and advisory groups and has received the National Medal for Service, the NSW Police Medal, and was awarded The Government of NSW Meritorious Service Award by Premier Bob Carr for his work in Thailand. Peter was appointed as Terrorism Forensic Specialist to the National Institute of Forensic Science in 2006.

Today Peter spends his time helping businesses build effective Sustainable Leadership programs through the unique mix of his leadership and corporate social responsibility initiatives. His Corporate Social Responsibility platforms create goodwill, staff engagement and sustainable change. He also continues to lead the Hands Across the Water team in supporting their orphanages and the beautiful children of Thailand.

Peter has a diverse client base across many sectors including the leading financial institutions of Australia and internationally with the government of Saudi Arabia where he assisted them in building their leadership and crisis management capacity. He has worked with education providers across each fo the Australian states, both government and private and has spent time advising many large corporate organisations both on a national and international level.

Presentation Topics Include

  • Leadership Matters
  • Experience Matters
  • Doing Good By Doing Good
  • The Crisis Clock – Hope is not a Plan
  • Operation Delta – ‘Leadership – right here, right now
  • Hands Across The Water
  • Where are our Leaders Coming From


Peter was an excellent speaker and tailored his talk to our people.  
St John Ambulance

"Peter Baines is an inspiration. It was clear when recently attending a breakfast function where Peter was speaking that many of the audience were moved as much as I by the experiences he described. Peter’s down to earth, straight forward style hits just the right note to get his message across. Listening to Peter describe how he and his team make a difference in exceptional circumstance leaves people humbled, and thoughtful, but also conscious to consider how they might personally make a difference." 
Lomas Executive Pty Ltd

"I just wanted to tell you personally that your talk was the high point of the three days for me. I have thought of it often and am still stunned at the work that you and your colleagues do, and the level of commitment that you bring to the job. I was also impressed with your skill in presenting a difficult and emotional topic in such an impactful way. I have been a professional communicator for over 20 years and really appreciate the skill in others when I see it.
And so much of what you had to say has lessons that can be used in the leadership work I do with our senior executives here at the CBA. I would have liked to say something to you at the end of the session but couldn't really trust myself to speak." 
Leadership Development Manager, Commonwealth Bank

"Peter Baines' presentation was one of the most original I have heard in a long time. After all, it is not every day that you meet someone who has worked at ground zero of two of the most significant events in our recent history. Peter is the quintessential 'good Aussie bloke', and the warmth and humour he brings to his presentation is a perfect balance for the confronting and challenging nature of the stories he has to tell. At times we laughed and at others there wasn't a dry eye in the room, but through hearing Peter's examples of strong leadership in a true crisis, we all learned many valuable lessons that can readily be applied within the comfort of our own professional lives." 
Director of Success Strategies and author of Your Best Life

"I want to particularly call out that the talk you gave touched my team beyond belief. We sat there stunned with your honesty and the level of compassion and humanism you displayed. The team are still talking about your session. Thank you for an amazing experience." 
Commonwealth Bank

“Peter Baines is an inspiration to us all. The experience, skills and knowledge that he has gained from managing high-pressure situations in disaster zones allows us to put our own “stressful" lives in perspective. We can all benefit from his simple yet engaging message, and we can be inspired by his stories of human courage and bravery!" 
Think Global Consulting

" When hearing Peter Baines speak on Crisis Management I was alerted to a whole new world of issues - what we call crisis is often a small hitch! Peter's ability to communicate and entertain while discussing such a vital message was engaging. The message and photos from the Thailand Tsunami and Bali bombing were something most people should never have to deal with, - luckily people like Peter do deal with these issues and can bring back lessons learnt in times of extraordinary difficulty. The keynote was entertaining and inspiring and the message a vital to today's business leaders." 
Peak Partners

“Excellent truly inspirational, although story was incredible powerful and thought provoking Peter was able to link it to what we can do in our everyday lives to make a difference.Brilliant, when you think your own life is complicated and challenging listen to Peters story and put your own life in perspective" 
Yum Restaurants

“Excellent, Incredibly engaging, brilliant story teller. He took the audience through a whole range of emotions – grabbing you by the heartstrings to laughing out loud.
All done with humility and he really practices what he preaches." 
Proteus Leadership Centre

"Peter was exceptionally brilliant, his presentation had the entire audience captivated, not one dry eye in the room. Quiet an emotional presentation and really touched the hearts of everyone. Fantastic." 
National Australia Bank

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