Ambassador Peter Heyward is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He was until recently Head of Congressional Liaison at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.
Before taking up this role Ambassador Heyward served overseas as Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan (the equivalent of Ambassador), Ambassador to East Timor; Ambassador to Brazil, also accredited to Colombia and Venezuela; Deputy Permanent Representative, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Argentina. In Australia he headed groups in DFAT dealing with environment, human rights, Africa and consular operations.
Ambassador Heyward holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Monash University. He is married and has two daughters.