Peter Niblett



Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)


Geelong Waurn Ponds

Graduation year


Current position

Executive Director, Advisory Services, EY (Ernst & Young) Australia


Peter is an Executive Director in Advisory Services at EY Australia, having returned from their London headquarters in 2006. In this role, he is responsible for service delivery, with a focus on strong engagement and relationship building with clients including Emergency Services, the Victorian Auditor-General's Office, Tasmanian Government, TAC and WorkSafe.

Career path and highlights

After studying as a mature-age student at Deakin, Peter began his career with an accountancy partnership in Geelong and continued to undertake courses in Australia and the United States.

Peter has nearly 40 years public and private sector experience in Australia and Europe. His UK clients included British Airways, SABMiller, Thales and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Peter was a member of the Audit and Assurance Standards Board of the Australian Accounting Research Foundation and the International Standards Board of the US Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He was appointed to the Deakin University Council in 2009 and sits on the boards of Callista Software Services and the Australian National Memorial Theatre.

Peter was also the recipient of Deakin's 2015 Alumni of the Year award.

Interview with Peter Niblett

I chose Deakin because...
It was regionally based. As a mature age student (first in family) I had the freedom to study part time with flexibility.

After leaving uni...
I changed my career path and employment to better align and execute the skills I had gained from my Deakin experience. 

At uni I was inspired...
By the values of my lecturers and tutors, many of whom remain friends today. The value of a university education was always my key driver.

I am currently...
An Executive Director in Advisory Services at EY's (formerly Ernst & Young) Melbourne office, having returned from their London office in September 2006. I'm a Client Service Partner (CSP) for the Emergency Services Cluster of accounts (ESTA, CFA, MFB and SES), the Victorian Auditor-General's Office, Tasmanian Government, TAC and WorkSafe. In this role, I'm responsible for all aspects of EY's service delivery, including a focus on strong engagement and relationship building with key stakeholders. During my time in London, I coordinated the technology activities for EY in the UK Government sector with responsibilities for delivering large scale ICT projects and Shared Services across all government agencies in the UK.

Today, I am motivated by...
Mentoring, coaching and counselling young people in all aspects of their lives. I'm also honoured and humbled to be the Patron of Encompass as we strive to create 'real' social inclusion and diversity for all.

In my profession it is important...
To live your values and execute them daily = brand Peter.

Professionally, my proudest achievement is...
In 2009, I was appointed to the Deakin University Council and I'm currently the Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee. I'm also on the Board of Callista Software Services Pty Ltd and was previously a Director of DeakinPrime. I have also delivered guest lectures at Deakin and was heavily involved in the MBA course as an assessor for many years. More recently, I have been a mentor to a Deakin student who is a participant in the Change 100 Lives program.

I feel a strong connection with...
Delivering a quality experience and outcome to my clients and staff – you need to make a difference!

Success to me is...
Embodied in this quote from Albert Schweitzer – 'Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.'

In the future I would like to...
Continue the journey – after all, it's about giving back.

The single-most important issue in the world is...
Your health!

The best things I would recommend about Deakin are/is…
That the innovative learning experiences and choices offered by Deakin continue to 'stretch' the paradigms of a traditional university education.