Peter Walters

Immediate Past President / Professional Grading

Peter is the Immediate Past President of SCANZ and has been an active member of OCCA / SCANZ since 1976.

Peter contributes the Painted Memories section in Brushstrokes, a section that has been in almost every copy of Brushstrokes since June 2002. Painted Memories has also been published in the SCAA Journal since October 2015.

He commenced his career in the Coatings Industry in 1971 by working as a part-time salesman in the Levene Paint and Wallpaper stores to finance his degree in Chemistry from Auckland University.

Since graduating from Auckland University in 1975 with a Master of Science degree in Chemistry Peter has been employed by Dulux, Stresscrete, Wattyl and Protective Paints in various Surface Coatings related technical roles.

Peter attended his first Convention, the 16th OCCA Convention, in 1978 and has presented papers at the 2003, 2004 and 2016 SCANZ Conventions.

In 2007 he was admitted to the class of Fellow in the International Professional Grade Register administered by OCCA UK.

Peter was a foundation student in the inaugural Diploma of Surface Coatings Technology course commencing at A.T.I. in 1980, and from 1982 to 2000 presented Lectures and conducted the Labs for the Non-Convertible Coatings and, from time to time, the Solvent section of this course as it was offered, first at A.T.I. then A.U.T. and finally Auckland University.

Peter is married to Sushila, a fellow foundation student in the Diploma of Surface Coatings Technology course and a surface coatings resin chemist. Peter and Sushila were married in 1985 and have two adult sons and one grandson.

From 1982 to 1989 Peter was on the committee of OCCA, now SCANZ, serving as Secretary from 1986 to 1988 during the period that OCCA NZ became independent from OCCA UK. He rejoined the committee in 2009 as the Professional Gradings Convenor and subsequently served as President from 2013 to 2015 and is currently the Immediate Past President.

Because of his interest in history, in particular, the History of Paint, he has taken on the role of archivist and historian for SCANZ.