Tony Peake

Global Government & Public Services Leader, PwC Australia

PwC Partner Tony Peake has been advising local, national, regional and global government entities for three decades. As the global leader for PwC’s Government and Public Services practice, he guides a team of over 12,000 professionals who provide advisory, tax and assurance services to clients in a range of areas in the public domain. These include cities, education, defense and security, digital government, international development, local government and public finance.

In addition to his global leadership role, Tony is PwC Australia's Defence Lead Partner, responsible for leading a team of 20+ partners and 250+ staff. His expertise in the public sector, coupled with an understanding of regulatory frameworks and economics, has made Tony a frequently sought after advisor who is known for developing innovative, value based solutions for government enterprises. Tony has lent his skills and worked tirelessly on behalf of a long list of significant non-profit organisations and causes, demonstrating his personal commitment to the betterment of society along with living PwC’s purpose, which is to build trust in society and solve important problems.

Prior to his global leadership role, Tony was the National Government and Public Sector Leader for PwC Australia, advising state, territory and the Australian federal governments on education. 

Tony joined PwC Australia as a college recruit and quickly progressed through the ranks to director and then managing partner for the Melbourne office. This led to his role as COO of the firm, where he participated in setting the firm’s strategic direction and managed operations, finance, property and technology. 

With extensive board expertise in the not-for-profit sector, Tony has applied his professional background and experience to a cross section of organisational and charity boards, including education and the arts sector. He is currently Chair of Methodist Ladies' College in Melbourne.

His past community roles include council member of the University of Melbourne; director of Melbourne University Publishing and board director and treasurer of the Melbourne Festival.

In 2010, Tony was elevated to Victorian Fellow status by the Institute of Public Administration Australia as recognition for his contribution to public administration in Victoria as a consultant and business leader. He is also a Fellow of Leadership Victoria's Williamson Community Leadership Program and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is a graduate of RMIT University, with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Economics).

Tony lives with his wife and two daughters in Melbourne.