Dr Peter Cock

Dr Peter Cock is CEO at Newcastle Airport which manages over 5,000 flights and 1.3 million passengers per year. Peter is an experienced senior executive with a record of driving change to deliver results. 

Last updated: 19 August 2021


Dr Peter Cock
Peter Cock, business leader

He has been awarded Business Leader of the Year at the Hunter Business Awards and is leading his team to deliver long-term benefits to the Hunter, Central Coast and Northern NSW regions. Peter believes that building a positive workplace culture is an important part of a CEO’s job.  

He has held leadership roles across aviation, transport, infrastructure development and professional services, Newcastle Airport has taken part in the NSW Government’s free mental health training programs  

“We are proud to partner with the NSW Government as an ambassador for this important mental health initiative.  

"This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance of providing mentally healthy workplaces – and the role employers can play in supporting education, promoting compassion and encouraging empathy to reduce the stigma often associated with mental health issues.” 

Peter believes that it is a leader’s role to embed wellbeing and mental health into all elements of the business. 

Mental health in the transport sector

Dr Peter Cock, CEO, Newcastle airport shares his insights on mental health in the Transport Sector

 

Related information

Peter’s tips for good mental health
  • get enough sleep and rest 

  • regular exercise 

  • meditation 

Newcastle Airport's mental health initiatives
  • Mental health training for all staff accessed through the NSW Government. 

  • Regular staff surveys and feedback on initiatives. 

  • People and Culture committee embedded mental health into terms of reference. 

  • Regular virtual catch ups during COVID with volunteers. 

  • Distribution of mindfulness apps for all employees. 

  • Distribution of Lessons Learnt Survey providing employees with an opportunity to share their thoughts on NAPL’s approach during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • R U OK Buddy System - employees and ambassadors receive a new buddy each fortnight and complete quick catch-ups via video call to connect with and support one another. 

  • Managers completing weekly welfare checks with their direct reports to check on NAPL employees’ and ambassadors’ physical, mental, and emotional welfare. 

  • Weekly CEO updates via video call to facilitate engagement and inclusiveness, and to minimise uncertainty where possible. 

  • Continual operation and refinement of annual health and wellbeing program, including mindfulness resources. 

  • Facilitation of flexible working arrangements, including working from home, to align with NSW Health guidelines. 

  • Continual operation of the rewards and recognition program, recognising effort and commitment during this challenging time. 

  • Continuation of corporate fitness program offering (accessed through Port Stephens Council). 

  • Continuation of Employee Assistance Program. 

 


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