Peter Beggs

Chief Executive

Antarctica New Zealand

Peter Beggs is the Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand, a Crown Entity of the New Zealand Government responsible for developing, managing and executing New Zealand Government activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, in particular the Ross Dependency. He is passionate about supporting scientific research, conserving the intrinsic values and raising public awareness of the international significance of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. As a veteran of four Antarctic seasons, Peter leads New Zealand's Antarctic Programme and represents New Zealand's Antarctic interests in a number of advisory and governance roles. These include: the Advisory Board of the Victoria University Antarctic Research Centre; the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and also participates in international Antarctic Treaty discussions. Before joining Antarctica New Zealand, Peter was a Divisional Vice President for Thales Australia New Zealand. He simultaneously held the position of Country Director for Thales New Zealand, where he was responsible for corporate affairs, general governance and business growth of Thales activities in New Zealand. Born in New Zealand, Peter studied Engineering then Commercial Law, following which he spent 11 years living in Europe. Largely based in Ireland and the UK, he worked in a variety of technical and commercial roles. The final 5 years of his employment in Europe he held product responsibility across Europe, Australia, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Relocating to New Zealand in 2010, he started his role with Antarctica New Zealand towards the end of 2013. Peter maintains key interests outside of work in music, rugby and keeping pace with his two children.