Peter Wilkinson

Peter Wilkinson

Chair

Peter is the chair of Wilkinson Butler and Managing Director of Wilkinson Group.

Crisis PR
As a crisis & recovery expert, Peter has achieved successful outcomes including cyber-security attacks, sexual abuse/harassment, media attacks, industry restructures, product recalls, court cases and judicial inquiries, pollution spills, extortion/blackmail, and countering damaging industry or activist campaigns. Peter is also an expert in risk and crisis simulations.
Corporate Affairs
Peter gives corporate affairs advice to a number of long term clients across a broad range of sectors, supported by experienced staff at Wilkinson Butler. He is expert in complex community engagements and internally assisting leaders with cultural development and resilience.
Alliance for Journalists' Freedom
Advocating to governments to strengthen a robust and free media in Australia as essential for a healthy democracy, and for a freer press and journalists’ safety in the Asia Pacific region – https://www.journalistsfreedom.com/.
Global Communications Alliance
An organisation of independent corporate affairs and public affairs agencies, all specialists in crisis communications; connects us to the world.
Peter's Background
Over 30 years Peter became a respected newsmen, working on programs including on earlier version of the ABC’s 7:30 and Four Corners, and then Channel Nine’s ACA and 60 Minutes.

Peter co-founded Wilkinson Group with Claire Wilkinson in 2002 after anticipating the disruption by the Internet on television. In mid-2013 Peter and Claire sold much of the business to employees who set up Wilkinson Butler, which Peter later joined as Chair.

He has been a member of four industry task forces, strengthening relationships between industry and government.

Proficiencies
  • Fascination in comms across almost all sectors
  • Strategic design
  • International communications via the Global Communications Alliance
  • The roles and responsibilities of a ‘free press’ in a democracy
Passions
  • Crisis and issues management
  • Risk Management
  • Leadership support
  • Governance
  • Writing (once a journo, always…)