I am a business leader and communicator with extensive experience at PLC board level. I’ve been Chairman or Director of 11 PLCs over the last 25 years and was a founding director of 8 of these, one of which I floated on AIM, building it up to a £25m turnover with some 400 people. I am an entrepreneur and innovator at heart who uses strong corporate governance principles as a foundation for high growth.
Current Role. In Partnership with General Sir Richard Barrons, we have recently set up Universal Defence and Security Solutions Limited (www.universal-defence.com) which provides Defence and wider security advice, assistance and solutions on a global basis.
Our support extends across the spectrum of client needs from the Strategic to Tactical, in all environments and domains and uniquely, we can access the skills of proven practitioners who have a track record of delivering success for the UK armed forces. We supply individuals and fully formed teams to support a range of requirements from single events to long term commitments.
We are focused on meeting the major defence and security challenges of today, including: leading in contemporary military ‘hard power’ capability; ‘hybrid’ or ‘political’ confrontation, including information operations and cyber warfare; and peace support, wider security, constabulary, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Uniquely, we are able to draw upon the largest and broadest membership of former British Armed Forces personnel, regular and reserve from SNCO to 4 Star, as well as former MoD Civil Servants to work with our clients.
Peter’s commercial Background. I have substantial experience in Government and Political Affairs having recently served as a senior elected independent politician in the City of London (Alderman). I still frequently interact with diplomats’ and Presidential delegations and was, inter alia; the inaugural Chairman of the City’s £20m Social Investment Fund and a member of numerous committees including the Property and Financial Investment Committees (£6bn).
As an innovator, I have a track record of driving organisational change utilising an entrepreneurial mind-set to find solutions that are outcome focussed. I have a unique ability to dissect and solve complex corporate problems whilst being an accomplished negotiator as a result of 40 years of ‘hands on’ business experience. My full CV is here
Peter’s philanthropy. Underpinning my career as an entrepreneur, is a firm belief in ‘giving back’ to society. As such my career has always involved voluntary and pro bono activities where I can best use my skills and expertise, such as mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders.
I am a member of HMG’s Taskforce on Retail Social Investment and a former advisor to the Financial Services Department of UKTI where I wrote a number of papers on trade opportunities in Latin America.
I frequently undertake after dinner public speaking on varying subjects including Entrepreneurship and the City of London. I have given keynote speeches and participated in conference panels in the UK, Europe, China and South America.
In April 2019, I had the privilege of being appointed as an Honorary Group Captain in the recently reformed 601 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. I am the Current Master of the Guild of Entrepreneurs, where I am a Founding Freeman; a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen. My philanthropic and pro bono CV is here.
I am married to Fidelma for 30 years and we have 4 children between us, Charlotte, Mark, Michaela and Joanna and three grandchildren, Florence, Lara and George, all of whom live in or near London.
For my leisure time (what little there is!) I am a keen sailor, motorcyclist and when time permits, aviator, having gained my PPL with an RAF cadet force flying scholarship at the age of 17.