Peter Coaldrake

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Peter Coaldrake

Peter Coaldrake 2014.jpg
Coaldrake in 2014
Vice-Chancellor of the
Queensland University of Technology
In office
Preceded byDennis Gibson
Succeeded byMargaret Sheil
Personal details
Gregory Alan Naylor

Marrickville, New South Wales
Alma mater

Owen Peter (Peter) Coaldrake AO (born 1951) is a noted Australian academic and higher education administrator.

Early life[edit]

Peter Coaldrake was born Gregory Alan Naylor to a young mother Jeanette in Marrickville. He was adopted as the only child of impoverished Anglican missionaries, Keith and Sheila Coaldrake.[1] He was educated in Queensland, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from James Cook University and a PhD from Griffith University.[2]


Professor Coaldrake has wide experience in public and higher education administration in Australia. He was appointed by Queensland Premier Wayne Goss to be CEO of the Public Sector Management Commission.[3][4] He served as Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology between 2003 and 2017, replaced by Margaret Sheil.[5] He was Chair of Universities Australia.[3]

From 2011 to 2016, Coaldrake was the chair of the Queensland Heritage Council.[4][6] Two notable listings added to the Queensland Heritage Register under his leadership were the Fantome Island Lock Hospital and Lazaret Sites and the Queensland Cultural Centre.[6]

Coaldrake was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011 for "distinguished service to higher education".[7]


  • Coaldrake, O.P. 1989 Working the System, Government in Queensland (University of Queensland Press)
  • Coaldrake, O.P. and Stedman, L. 1998. On the Brink. Australia's Universities Confronting their Future. (University of Queensland Press)
  • Coaldrake, O.P. and Stedman, L. Academic Work in the Twenty-First Century (DETYA, Occasional Paper Series 99-4).


  1. ^ The Courier Mail Q Weekend 3 August 2015, pp10-14.
  2. ^ Peter, Coaldrake,. "QUT - Staff Profiles - Peter Coaldrake". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Universities Australia Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Peter Coaldrake, Chair (Queensland Heritage Council)". Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  5. ^ "QUT announces new Vice-Chancellor". Queensland University of Technology. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b Miles, Steven (1 December 2016). "Palaszczuk Government salutes contribution of outgoing chair of Queensland Heritage Council". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  7. ^ Office of the Governor-General and Australian Government Honours website Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Dennis Gibson
Vice-Chancellor of
Queensland University of Technology

2003 – 2017
Succeeded by
Margaret Sheil