My name is Peter Crow, a seasoned director, advisor and educator working in service of purposeful boards worldwide. My expertise in corporate governance, strategy and board effectiveness in particular is internationally acknowledged. I also speak and write on these and related topics.
My board experience includes director, trustee and chair appointments; principally of privately-held and high-growth companies, family firms and social enterprises:
I have advised boards and directors motivated by the ideals of high performance and long-term value creation for many years, helping them realise the full potential of the enterprises they govern. Contributions are founded on in-depth knowledge, practical board experience and ground-breaking research—a combination that has proved invaluable to the fortunes of a wide range of enterprises, across four continents.
For more information, check the QuarryGroup website. I am available globally.
I have designed and delivered many public and tailored director development courses and masterclasses for both directors' institutes and private clients over the past decade. A representative selection of public courses and masterclasses includes:
I also lecture on post-graduate and executive education programmes, to equip the next generation of directors and leaders. Sponsors have included Henley Business School, Coventry University, ISM University of Management and Economics, Erasmus University, Auckland University of Technology and Massey University, amongst others.
I have made keynote, panelist and after dinner contributions at business and academic conferences, industry seminars, award ceremonies and dinner events; in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.
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
"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, and heard."
Participant, 10th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Vienna
"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 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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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