Rear Admiral Peter James Marshall

Peter Marshall was born in 1962 and entered the RAN College (HMAS Creswell) in 1981. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Honours at the University of NSW in 1985 and in 1990 completed a Masters of Engineering Science also at the University of NSW (ADFA). Promoted Sub Lieutenant in 1985 and Lieutenant in 1987 he served in Naval Support Command in Sydney in mechanical engineering support roles. Following service at sea, including two deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations, and completion of the RAN Staff Course, Marshal was promoted Lieutenant Commander in 1996.

Lieutenant Commander Marshall served as the FFG/DDG Liaison Officer on exchange service with the US Navy in Washington DC and then was appointed as the Anzac Ship Project Directors Representative onsite at Tenix Dockyard (Williamstown) to oversee the build and transition into service of the Anzac Class frigates. He was promoted Commander in July 1999 and was appointed as the Amphibious and Afloat Support Class Logistics Manager within the Maritime Systems Division (Defence Materiel Organisation). The class logistics manager oversaw not only the amphibious and afloat support ships but also the fast catamaran HMAS Jervis Bay and the sail training ship Young Endeavour.

In the early 2000s he served as the Assistant Director of Logistics Management in the Maritime Services Division. He was Promoted Captain in 2004 and appointed as Commander Australian Navy Patrol Boat Group and was also dual hatted as the Senior Naval Officer Northern Australia and honourary Aide-de-camp to the Governor-General during this time. Captain Marshall's next appointment was as the Director General Naval Certification and Safety Agency and he was promoted Commodore in June 2007.

As a commodore he served as the Director General Navy Systems Branch, Chief Naval Engineer and Deputy Program Manager of the Air Warfare Destroyer Project. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2009 for exceptional service to the RAN as Commander Australian Navy Patrol Boat Force Element group, Director General Naval Certification and Safety Agency, Director General Navy Systems Branch and Chief Naval Engineer.

He was promoted Rear Admiral in January 2010 and appointed as Head of Maritime Systems in the Defence Materiel Organisation. In this role he oversaw the procurement of new ships for the RAN and the significant budget for ship repair and maintenance. Rear Admiral Marshall retired from the RAN in 2014.

Since then he has been consultant for a range of companies on Defence engagement and strategic planning as well serving on several corporate boards.