Owen Peter Coaldrake

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Coaldrake in 2014

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 Coakdrake.[1] He was educated in Queensland, and holds a BA Honours Degree from James Cook University and a PhD Degree from Griffith University.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Professor Coaldrake has wide experience in public and higher education administration in Australia.

He was previously appointed by Queensland Premier Wayne Goss to be CEO of the Public Sector Management Commission.[3][4]

He is currently Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology and Chair of Universities Australia.[5]

Other roles[edit]

From 2011 to 2016, Peter 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]

Critical recognition[edit]


  • 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 03 August 2015, pp10-14.
  2. ^ Queensland University of Technology
  3. ^ 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. ^ Universities Australia Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  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.