The Illustrator

Peter Baines, OAM

Creating sustainable leadership became a passion of his after Peter witnessed the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. He was deeply touched by the number of children left orphaned by the disaster and was inspired to set up an organisation that could make a significant difference in the lives of these children. In late 2005, Hands Across the Water was formed to raise funds and awareness of the children of Thailand who were left orphaned.

Peter spends his time helping businesses build effective Sustainable Leadership programs through the unique mix of his leadership and corporate social responsibility initiatives. His Corporate Social Responsibility platforms create goodwill, staff engagement and sustainable change.  He also continues to lead the Hands Across the Water team in supporting their orphanages and the beautiful children of Thailand.

Peter has a diverse client base across many sectors including the leading financial institutions of Australia and internationally with the government of Saudi Arabia where he assisted them in building their leadership and crisis management capacity.  He has worked with education providers across each fo the Australian states, both government and private and has spent time advising many large corporate organisations both on a national and international level.


In 2014 Peter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to international humanitarian aid in Thailand.  Peter has also received various awards including Australian of the Year NSW Finalist for 2010, Thought Leaders Socialpreneur of the year 2008 and was the first Australian to be awarded the international honour of a Rotary Professional Excellence Award in 2008. He has completed university studies in Law, Forensic Science and post graduate studies in Management. He has received the NSW Police Service Medal and the Australian Federal Police Operations Medal, for work in response to the Bali Bombings and the 2004 Asia Tsunami. He was the first NSW Police Officer to be awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal and Australian National Medal.

The Author

Guy Downes, Illustrator

Guy is an illustrator who helps individuals and organisations connect with the audiences that matter to them using a range of visual techniques such as illustration, doodles, cartoons, graphic recording, journey maps and video scribing.

With many people's preference being for visual learning, Guy's expertise can help capture attention, quicken understanding, drive engagement and spark conversation and thinking.

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