Peter Cockbain

Ampcontrol Limited

Peter Cockbain is a founder shareholder of Ampcontrol. Peter was the Technical Director of Ampcontrol since its foundation in 1968 up until his retirement in 2012. He is also Past National President of Engineers Australia (2006) and was a member of the University of Newcastle Council, the Engineering Faculty Advisory Board and the University Student Services Board.

Peter was the Engineers Australia representative on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and Senator Kim Carr’s Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council from 2009 to 2012. He was a Director of Standards Australia and Chairman of the Standards Development Committee.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I joined Engineers Australia in 1966 and then started volunteering around 50 years ago.

Why did you become a volunteer?
To return some of the benefits that Engineers Australia had given me.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Promoting the benefits to people who are not as well informed as to what they might be.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Becoming National President in 2006.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
As I started my own business in 1968 that has now grown to 1000 employees, majority of who are engineering based. My career depending on recruiting those over or during the 50 years.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
I have tried to combine both, so they benefit from either my work and volunteering.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Becoming a volunteer, you have a lot to tell and in doing so you also learn a lot from other engineers.

Image: courtesy of Peter Cockbain

Head shot of Peter Cockbain