Founder & Managing Director, China Stars Events
BA, DipAdVocEd, FISM
When appointed to a Brisbane private boys' school in 1997 as Australia's first full time school Rugby Director, Peter already had 27 years of experience either as an entrepreneurial businessman, TAFE lecturer, secondary school teacher or representative level rugby coach. Believing that the cultural divides are lost on the sport playing fields, in late 1997 Peter founded Southern Skies Events, an organisation that was eventually to present the biggest annual international school age sporting and cultural events in Australia. At the end of 1999 he opted to relinquish the Rugby Director position in favour of the challenge of building this new organisation focusing on enhancing the educational experience for young people around the World. Deciding to move in a new direction to benefit those students who are culturally focused, in 2007 he presented in Brisbane the internationally acclaimed Bonyi International Youth Music Festival.
Peter began his involvement in China in 2004 and organised the first China Stars International Friendship Games in 2005. In late 2007 Peter made a firm decision to pursue the international thread further and independently founded China Stars Events to focus on presenting events in Asia. Whilst China Stars International Friendship Games continues annually, it took two years of planning to again present a cultural event, this time in Beijing, with 2011 marking the successful introduction of the tutti world youth music festival beijing. The 2019 event will mark Peter's 22nd year of presenting international events for over 27000 school age participants and 48 years after he presented his first ever event when at university.
Awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 in recognition of his long contribution to youth sport development, Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Sport Management. In 2007, Peter was made an Honorary Councillor of the Beijing Association for Promoting International Sports Exchanges.
His greatest regret in life is that he is unable to play a musical instrument but makes up for it by enjoying and listening to almost every form of music.
Beijing Director, China Stars Events
Xiao Lei began working for China Stars Events when she was appointed as the Event Manager for the initial China Stars International Friendship Games in Beijing in August 2005. In the beginning of 2006 she came to Australia to study for her Masters Degree. In 2007, having graduated, she began working full time for China Stars Events.
In 2006 and 2007 while in Australia, Xiao Lei was primarily responsible for the coordination of the China Stars International Friendship Games held in Beijing. Having returned to her home town Beijing in 2008, she has established a base from which China Stars Events coordinates its events. Fluent in both spoken and written English, her organisational ability is a critical element of tutti world youth music beijing, and indeed all China Stars Events and tours. Xiao Lei plays a major role in marketing the various events and travels internationally as part of this task.
Xiao Lei holds a Bachelor of Laws from Capital Normal University in Beijing and a Master of Training and Development from Griffith University in Brisbane. She eschewed the safe option of being a teacher and chose to pursue her own pathway, which she has successfully done.
Like Peter, she is does not play a musical instrument but is extremely knowledgeable about and enjoys Beijing Opera.