Colin Peters joined Castalloy in 1962 and retired in 2002 after 40 years, having been promoted to become Managing Director. During this period, the company grew from a small plant in Adelaide to a major industrial force with plants in Adelaide, Albury and Auckland turning over $600 million pa with 2500 employees.
Colin contributed to industry success in a number of ways. He was a member of the National Executive of the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers for 20 years, including terms as National Vice President and State President in South Australia. He was a member of the Committee of Management of the Engineering Employers Association South Australia for 15 years, and became President. He has also been a board member of WorkCover Corporation of SA, a board member of Business SA, a member of the National Executive of Ai Group , and has been a member and chairman of a number of government industry advisory boards.
He has always been passionate about skills development for our younger Australians. He was a board member of EEASA Group Training Scheme Board for many years, and elected Chairman in 1993. In June 2009, the business of EEASA GTS was transferred to the Australian Industry Group Training Services, and Mr Peters was appointed to the AIGTS Board. At the same time Mr Peters was appointed inaugural Chairman of the Industry Leaders Fund Inc.
ROLE AND HOPES FOR ILF
Colin Peters explains, “I am Chairman of the ILF because the entire Board morphed into this new entity following the transfer of the apprentice training activities of the EEASA GTS to Ai Group in July 2009. I have remained in the role because I believe there are many individuals in industry right now who have the potential, but not the opportunity, to become really outstanding leaders. If the fund operates as planned,those people will realise their potential to the benefit of themselves and industry in South Australia.
“I sincerely hope that by giving meaningful and focused grants to deserving individuals with leadership potential we can help them obtain key roles in major industries and to make an impact on South Australia in coming years.”
“I believe a leader is a person who has the self confidence, the charisma, the passion and the will to take a team into an endeavour and to focus their various abilities into a culture aimed at achieving a successful outcome. Examples of successful leaders I admire are:
- Mahatma Ghandi
- Nelson Mandela
- Winston Churchill
- John F Kennedy
- Maggie Thatcher.”