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The year was 2002, and Inspector Peter Baines was working with NSW Police in Sydney when he was deployed to Bali following bombings in two busy Kuta nightspots. Two and a half years later, Peter was deployed again overseas – this time to Thailand, to assist with victim identification following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

In this episode, Peter Baines joins Andrew and Josh to discuss his leadership journey. Peter shares his experience working in challenging environments overseas, dealing with post-deployment blues, imposter syndrome, taking on a limitless mindset and the importance of having a presence as a leader during disasters.

Peter’s experience and leadership lessons are also published in his new book, Leadership Matters.

Peter Baines

Peter is the founder of the Hands Across the Water and a former NSW Police Officer deployed to assist following the Bali Bombings and Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand. Peter has worked for Interpol, spent time with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime and also worked in Saudi Arabia and Japan after disasters hit those countries. After meeting the children left orphaned by the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Peter felt compelled to act and founded Hands Across the Water which has created opportunities for hundreds of children across Thailand.