Mr Peake graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Fellowship Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1964.
Early in Mr Peake’s career he was involved in the design and construction of hydro-electric power station projects in Port Moresby and the New Guinea Highlands.
Following practical experience as one of the hydro-electric power stations electrical engineer, Mr Peake moved to Darwin, Northern Territory Australia to work as the Mains Engineer for the local electricity supply (through the Commonwealth, NT Electricity Commission and Power and Water Authority).
Mr Peake held several senior management roles in PAWA from 1987 – 1994 and then served as Chief Executive Officer from 1994-1997.
Mr Peake has worked on several high profile projects throughout his life including tackling electricity supply for major urban developments that were expanding rapidly (Darwin early seventies), transmission and distribution systems disaster recovery following Cyclone Tracey, accepted to a Churchill
Fellowship in the USA to study underground residential distribution for practical application in the Northern Territory, construction of 200MW Channel Island (Darwin) Combined Cycle Gas-fired Power Station and construction of the Amadeus Basin to Darwin Gas Pipeline.
Additionally, Mr Peake has been part of high level negotiations to secure gas contracts, has a keen interest in engineering heritage, sitting on a number of committees and boards as well as writing extensively for various journals on behalf of the Engineering Heritage Australia and International Stationary
Steam Engine Society.