Peter Cook. MSc. is a founding Director of PCA Maritime Ltd an international maritime security consultancy. A former Royal Marines Officer, he spent a significant part of his 24-year career involved in different aspects of maritime security from maritime counter terrorism to formulating counter piracy policy and procedures for the UK Ministry of Defence.
He developed the concept and was the CEO of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI); the representative body for the private maritime security industry designed to provide the regulatory structure for private armed guards to support the defeat the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia. He was intimately involved in the development of the international standards for private maritime security company operations and defining the rules for the use of force. He also represented the private maritime security industry at international organisations including the Znited Nations, International Maritime Organisation and the European Commission.
Peter has worked across the maritime industry with flag States, international shipping associations, marine insurers, shipping lawyers and private maritime security companies. He has recently completed a Masters in Maritime Operations and Management, with a Distinction. He is a Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong and an Associate Member of the Corbett Centre for maritime policy studies at King’s College, London. He was also an initiating founder of the International Journal of Maritime Crime and Security and is the Indo-Pacific Editor
He is a Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London and Dalian Maritime University, China teaching various aspects of maritime security. Peter is a respected authority often writing for maritime media publications and commenting in the media on maritime security related issues.
Peter emigrated to Australia in 2018, is based in Melbourne and enjoys independent travel, outdoor activities, scuba diving, photography, sailing, walking and mountaineering.