Peter was an energetic businessman with a practical knowledge and successful business career in both large corporations (e.g. Geigy, Ciba Geigy and Dexter) and small high technology companies.
The highlights of Peter's 42-year career have included starting and building a medium sized chemical company (Compounding Ingredients Ltd), being European Director of Corporate Development for the Dexter Corporation (a fortune 500 company and the oldest quoted company on the New York Stock Exchange) and starting UMIST Ventures Ltd and managing it for 9 years through the establishment of 20 new start-up companies and over 70 income generating licenses.
From December 1997, Peter was the Chairman of Tepnel Life Sciences PLC, a fully quoted company on the London Stock Exchange. Between 1998 and 2001, he was group CEO, but returned to become non executive Chairman until April 2003.
Between 2001 and 2005 Peter was the Chairman of Bionow (the NWDA's steering group on Biotechnology) and in 2003 became Chairman of Mersey Bio and a Vice President of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. He was a director of SUEL (Sheffield University Enterprise Ltd) and initiated the BIOFUSION organization which floated on AIM in 2005. In 2002 Peter was given the North West Biotechnology Personality of the Year award and became an MBE in 2003 for services to the UK Biotechnology Industry.