Hello, I am Peter Crow, a company director, advisor and speaker with specialist expertise in corporate governance, strategy and the craft of board work, and an extensive international record helping boards realise organisational potential.
My board service includes director, trustee and chair appointments; principally of privately-held and high-growth companies, family firms and social enterprises:
I have advised thousands of boards and directors of privately-held and publicly-listed companies, government agencies, family firms and social enterprises. Contributions founded on deep knowledge, broad business and governance experience, innate curiosity and a strategic mindset have proved influential to the fortunes of a wide range of enterprises, across five continents.
I also deliver director development courses, masterclasses, and graduate programmes; to build capability and equip the next generation of directors. Here's a selection:
For more information, check the QuarryGroup website. I am available globally.
I have made keynote, panelist and after dinner contributions at business and academic conferences, industry seminars, award ceremonies and dinner events; across the United Kingdom and Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Commonly requested topics include the characteristics of high performing boards, the board's role in strategy and business success, the board–CEO nexus, and insights from board/company failures, as well as emerging trends and practical insights from recent research. However, the breadth of my general knowledge provides the credibility to accept invitations to discuss a wide range of business and social topics.
Audience members have generously used terms such as 'eloquent', 'authoritative', 'insightful' and 'deft communicator' to describe my contributions. I prefer a more straightforward term: a storyteller.
Here's an example of me speaking. To learn more, and check my availability to share insights or contribute to the success of your event, contact me today.
My credentials include a PhD in corporate governance and strategy (a pioneering study explaining how boards can influence company performance); a first in technology and management; chartered membership of the Institute of Directors; and memberships of several institutions including the International Corporate Governance Network, the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and the Peter Drucker Society.
I enjoy relaxing with family, reading history, and pursuing interests in classic cars and road cycling. My wife and I live in New Zealand; we have three adult children.
What others say...
"Peter is a trustworthy authority on strategy, corporate governance and board practice. His guidance is well-considered and appropriate to the situation—even though it sometimes challenges conventional wisdom, which isn't a bad thing."
Dr Vince Murdoch, Company Director, Sydney
"Dr Crow lifted the scales that blinded us for so long. We'd been relying on 'best practice' but it didn't always work. Now we have a much better understanding of how the board can make a difference—especially the importance of behaviour."
Participant, BICG governance masterclass, Vilnius
"Peter is way ahead of the curve on governance; his insight is global."
Thomas Doorley III, Chairman, Boston
"Peter is a rare individual who can think strategically, and drive down to the detail that delivers results rather than confusion. He listens and is articulate; offering fresh ideas and immensely valuable insights."
Wayne Norrie, Company Director, New Zealand
"Peter is an eloquent speaker; an incisive storyteller. His candid assessment of what it takes for boards to be effective was very reassuring. When he spoke, people listened."
Participant, 10th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna
"Peter cut through the confusing board landscape, delivering a much-needed message very clearly. It was refreshing to hear such an authoritative speaker."
Participant, Tomorrow's Company Forum, London
"I cannot recommend Peter enough to boards seeking help with corporate governance or strategy. He ran the best director workshop I've ever been in."
John Holley, Independent Director, New Zealand
"When Peter lifted corporate governance from the morass of compliance and regulation, the value that boards can deliver became crystal clear."
Delegate, Boardroom Agenda Conference, Singapore
"Peter is a professional in all senses of the word. He is a person with integrity and an ability to identify meaningful solutions."
Pat Waite QSM JP, New Zealand
"Peter's knowledge of how boards actually work is exemplary; his facilitation of the IoD Company Director Course is world-class."
Course participant, New Zealand