Dialog Box


Who We Are

Mr Peter Cochrane

Director, SIMS Foundation and Chair, SIMS


Retiring from full-time employment after thirty years of senior government and private sector experience in the environment and resources sectors, Peter chairs the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, and Australia’s Tropical Herbarium. He is a Councillor and Vice President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a member of the Marine National Facility National Benefit Assessment Committee.


Peter is a Commissioner with the NSW Independent Planning Commission and an Assistant Commissioner with the NSW Natural Resources Commission. His career spans plant ecology research, policy advice, the oil and gas industry, and nature conservation policy and programs, retiring in 2013 after fourteen years as Director of National Parks with the Australian Government. He has a BSc and Master of Public Policy from ANU, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Resolution Institute, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science UNSW.