Peter Wilson - November 2016
It’s very exciting and a great honour to have joined the Board of Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank in 2016. Banks are very important institutions for a community’s life and growth, and as I have come to appreciate, Victoria Teachers takes its bank and community roles very seriously and extremely professionally.
At the personal level - I have 2 children - a daughter Emily who is a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has just completed an Australian Research Council project on the attitudes and approaches of parents with children who are transgender. My son Alex is an architect in New York at a firm that does a lot of work for Disney, and its ‘happiest places on earth’. His latest project is to design a new Supreme Court in Atlanta. My partner Rebecca is a member at VCAT, and a private mediator. Growing up with four brothers makes her well aware of all the nuances in the male of the species, especially me. I have written a book called Make Mentoring Work, am passionate about basketball, having served as Chairman and part owner of the Melbourne Tigers for 15 years. I support St Kilda, Melbourne United, Victory, Rebels, and Storm so usually one of my teams wins each week.
My own background and experience is vested in financial services. After graduating from Melbourne University, I worked in the Commonwealth and Victorian Treasuries, and later at the ANZ Bank where I had a range of roles on the Group Executive responsible for Strategic Planning and Economics, the Asia Pacific Division, Global Marketing and Distribution, and then Human Resources & Management Services. After serving three different Bank CEOs, I took the opportunity to become the CEO of a private gas and electricity company, the Energy 21 Group, which was later acquired by Origin Energy. My executive career completed with service at Amcor as the Head of Human Resources and Risk. Ten years ago I decided to pursue a non-executive career, and now sit on five Boards – three of them are commercial entities and two are not for profit. I’m also a Professor at Monash University’s Business School and teach business ethics and strategic people management to Executive MBA students. In October, I was elected as World President for 2016-18 at the WFPMA, the peak global body for the human resources profession covering 700,000 HR managers (including our own Glenn Borg) across 95 countries.