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Peter Baines

Peter Baines is an exceptional presenter on the topic of leadership and corporate social responsibility emphasising the importance of planning, leading, decision making, communication and building powerful teams.

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Testimonials for Peter Baines

In a word – Brilliant! I have had the pleasure of hearing Peter speak on a number of occasions and I rate him as one of the best. He has a powerful & emotive message that he delivers with great passion and humility We are most grateful and thankful for him taking the time to present to our clients and staff. The positive feedback we have received has been absolutely overwhelming.
Warringal Financial Services

Peter, it was a pleasure to meet you, and I can't speak highly enough of your presentation. I've not seen better - anywhere, ever!

Peter your talk was truly inspirational. It made me laugh and it moved me to tears. I've been to a lot of conferences and seen a lot of speakers but this one stands out, both in its content and delivery. The one-liners thrown in at various intervals were pure gems and I've already typed them up and put them up at my desk.
Service Skills Australia

Peter Baines is probably the most motivating speaker I have seen in my career, amazing story, relevant, useful & inspirational.
CEO Institute

Thank you for the presentation you gave at our offsite. Peter -you really made an impact on the audience including our General Manager. You gave them lots of food for thought and tied each of your incredible stories to a tangible insight/ action for attendees to consider. It also put everyone in a good mindspace for the "reflection" section that followed the break.
Westpac Group  

I recently attended the breakfast at the Hyatt in Adelaide. Peter spoke on the work that he has done in the disaster area that was Thailand after the Boxing Day Tsunami. Never in my life have I been so intrigued, so interested so absolutely blown away. But most importantly he spoke of his actions as part of a team and really outlined the importance of team work and leadership, not just in bad times, but in everyday life. Peter is an incredible speaker and has his audiences full attention the whole time he is speaking. I laughed and I cried during Peter's presentation and by the end I was totally overwhelmed.





Peter Baines Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Peter Baines's Biography

Peter Baines is an exceptional presenter on the topic of leadership and corporate social responsibility emphasising the importance of planning, leading, decision making, communication and building powerful teams. If this is important for your organisation then you should be investing in the opportunity for Peter Baines to speak to your team.


Peter Baines is one of Australia’s leadership experts having road tested leadership the hard way. Peter spent 22 years with the NSW Police leading teams in response to acts of terrorism and natural disasters on a scale not previously seen.


Peter was part of the leadership team that responded to Bali after the bombings in 2002 and was called upon in 2005 to lead national and international teams in response to the Tsunami of December 26, 2004 in South East Asia.  Peter headed up multiple rotations into Thailand leading international teams in the identification process of those who died.  All the time his leadership theories were tested in this trying environment.  Peter was engaged to work in Queensland by one of the major Australian Banks and Universities to work with their staff and clients following the devastating floods and cyclone. His messages focused on leading in uncertain times and ensuring business continuity.


Creating sustainable leadership became a passion of his after witnessing the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.  He was deeply touched by the number of children left orphaned by the disaster and was inspired to set up an organization that could make a significant difference in the lives of these children.  In late 2005, Hands Across the Water was formed to raise funds for, and awareness of, the children of Thailand who were left orphaned.  Today Hands is one of Australia’s fastest growing boutique charities, having raised several million dollars without spending one cent of donor’s money on administrative costs since its inception.  With this they have built two orphanages, purchased a rubber plantation to ensure a sustainable and regular income, constructed a medical and community centre in the Khao Lak region of Thailand and is currently working towards the construction of a HIV Paediatrics Hospital in the North East of Thailand.  Hands is also in a joint venture with Victoria University and the Starwood Hotel Group which provides education to students and staff from the Tsunami affected area of Khao Lak.


His final years with the NSW Police were spent on secondment to the National Institute of Forensic Science where he worked on national and international capacity building projects around counter terrorism and leadership.  He spent time advising Interpol in France and the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime in South East Asia.


Peter has received various awards including Australian of the Year NSW Finalist for 2010, Thought Leaders Socialpreneur of the year 2008 and being the first Australian to be awarded the international honour of a Rotary Professional Excellence Award in 2008.  He has completed university studies in Law, Forensic Science and post graduate studies in Management. He has received the NSW Police Service Medal and the Australian Federal Police Operations Medal, for work in response to the Bali Bombings and the 2004 Asia Tsunami.  He was the first NSW Police Officer to be awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal and Australian National Medal.


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 for the Australian states, both government and private and has spent time advising many large corporate organisations both on a national and international level.

Speaking Topics Include


In times of crisis, leaders are defined both by their actions and by their ability to make decisions without deliberation - to act with confidence but without recklessness. One of the most positive things about working in disasters is that True Leaders are quickly identified. Without the constraints of an organisation chart or an imposed management structure, authentic leaders will rise.


The unforgettable messages that Peter shares with his audience via a unique storytelling ability come from working in times of real crisis. His leadership theories have been tested at the coal face. In the face of terrorism or leading international humanitarian responses, Peter knows what is required to operate at the pointy end of the ship.


EXPERIENCES MATTER - Results Driven by Experiences

How do you reverse AIDS within children suffering from HIV? How do you change the lives of young girls who have been trafficked into a life of forced child prostitution? The same way you build deep engagement with your business, your team and your family. You create experiences.


It’s the power of experiences, that make us who we are and help us shape what we want to become as individuals, families, leaders and successful teams.

I stumbled across the deep value of creating experiences for people whilst trying to raise money and create hope and opportunities for children.  What I found was that if I concentrated on giving rich experiences for those I was working with then it became easy to achieve the end result. And the end result for me was providing the simplest of opportunities for children who lived without the most basic of rights and privileges.


What I came to realise was that the more rewarding, the more engaging the experience was, the easier it was to build growth, sustainability and success in what I was trying to achieve. So what have been the rich experiences and the outcomes that have followed?


In 2009 I led a group of 16 bike riders from Bangkok to Khao Lak. A distance of 800km’s that we covered in eight days. Our combined fundraising saw us raise $178,000. A great effort but pulling into the orphanage surrounded by the children for who we were riding for, seeing their faces, seeing the tears running down the cheeks of the riders, I knew right then we were onto something special.


If growth is one of the measures of success, then based upon the growth of the bike ride, you would deem it an overwhelming success. Four years after the first ride we now run back to back rides that fill to our capacity of 50 per ride within a matter of days and in 2013, we raised over $800,000.


Growth is certainly an indicator of success, but what about return business? In 2013 on our Northern ride, 79% of the riders were back for their second or third time. Such is the strength of the experience a family of four returned after their first ride in 2012, to ride with us again in 2013, meaning they had raised over $80,000 in eighteen months. Why, because of the richness of the experience.


Coming from rich experiences is engagement.  But engaging your team, supporters or clients is only half the task and if you stop with engagement you miss the opportunity to build commitment within them. You can have an engaged group, but without commitment they will like what you do and support your efforts, but we want their efforts.


And from what I’ve experienced since I started obsessing about experiences it’s the three elements of Experiences, Engagement and Commitment that lead you to results.


The results I have driven are through the charity I formed in 2006 after leading Australian and International teams into Thailand following the South East Asian tsunami and the identification of the thousands of souls that perished in that tragic event. It was those experiences that led me to work with Interpol in Lyon France leading an International Counter Terrorism project, it was the same experiences that had me spend time working with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, and deploy into disaster areas such as Saudi Arabia after the floods in Jeddah and Japan following the tragic earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Those experiences, good and bad have positioned me to now bring about a very different kind of result.

In 2010, I took responsibility for a HIV orphanage in the north of Thailand. Children were dying on a monthly and at times weekly basis. Since assuming control of that home, not one child as died in the past three years. At the same orphanage we have raised the CD4 count of the children and in the process eliminated in all but two children AIDS.


Further up the Mekong River we are now building six homes that will provide a safe haven for 90 girls who will be removed from the sex industry having been trafficked into this unimaginable life. All of this and so many other achievements are possible based upon the rich experiences we provide.


And what I’ve come to realise is that if we can bring about such significant change and quite literally stop children dying surely our teams, our businesses and leaders can also benefit from the same formula. What modern family today wouldn’t be richer for a shared experience? If you and your leaders are not engineering shared experiences, you’re missing opportunities.


I don't think there is any magic bullet for leadership or driving results but if there was one thing I think you could obsess about, its shared experiences.


Key Takeouts

• Understanding why Experiences Matter;

• The value of Shared Experiences;

• How to build Engagement based upon Experiences;

• The key difference between Engagement and Commitment;

• The importance of recognising Results as part of the process; &

• How to engineer shared experiences within your leaders, team, social venture or family unit;

• Identifying the relationship between the four key elements of Experiences, Engagement, Commitment and Results;

• Examining the opportunities within your organisation, social venture, family or leadership team to build shared experiences.


Research and Tailoring

• The value of shared experiences has worked for me, but how does it work for you and your industry?

• Prior to presenting to your conference, team or group of leaders, I will examine the opportunities for experiences that are industry related; and

• I will build and present specific case studies, that demonstrate the value and opportunities for creating shared experiences relevant to you