Peter studied marine geology at the Free University in Amsterdam. His professional career started with Shell International in the United Kingdom working on both the North Sea and the West of Shetland Exploration. After 6 years in the UK Peter was moved to the Middle East (Oman) where he gained experience as a Production Geoscientist. In 2001 Peter joined Preussag Energie (which subsequently was taken over by Gaz de France) as Chief Geologist. Gaz de France employed him as Global Exploration manager in Paris after which he moved to Sasol in South Africa as Exploration Manager Africa. Since 2013 Peter has been working for PetroSA as the Chief Geophysicist.