Dr Peter Davis became a member of the University Council in July 2005. He Chairs the Built Environment Committee.
Dr Davis is Chief Executive of Tasmania's electricity distributor and retailer, Aurora Energy Pty Ltd, a position he has held since March 2004. Prior to that he worked at General Manager level in both the Hydro Electric Corporation and Aurora Energy for 9 years. Dr Davis is also Chairman of Ezikey Group Pty Ltd (a high technology start-up company), a Director of Aurora Energy (Tamar Valley) Pty Ltd (an electricity generation company constructing a new power station in the North of the State) and a member of the National Board of the Energy Supply Association of Australia. In 2002 Dr Davis undertook an overseas sabbatical, working in the world head office for ABB Limited in Switzerland and for Dofasco Steel in Ontario, Canada. He was responsible for the establishment of Australia's first Integrated Energy Management Centre at Moonah in 1992.
Dr Davis has worked in the energy industry since 1981, and has been a key player in a number of National forums involved in energy planning. He has broad experience in energy policy, strategic planning, energy management, marketing and customer service, and has been actively involved in industry reform.
In addition to his career in the energy industry Dr Davis has also at various times worked as a tertiary lecturer and researcher in Queensland, and as a environmental control officer and secondary school teacher in Tasmania.
Dr Davis was born and educated in Tasmania, and holds a PhD in solar energy engineering from the University of Queensland, and an MBA from Deakin University. He also holds qualifications in teaching and science from the University of Tasmania and Monash University, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institution of Engineers Australia. In addition to solar energy, he counts amongst his interests bushwalking, gardening, snow skiing and competitive sailing.
He is married to Karen, an architect, and has two children – Katherine and Matthew.