Peter has 22 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools, and has extensive senior leadership experience in good and outstanding secondary schools. He has contributed to major regional and national education programmes Excellence In Cities, Greater Manchester City Challenge and National Challenge. He has significant project leadership experience of complex, change management projects, from new school launches to school restructuring and school mergers. He is an ASCL NPQEL professional mentor. He has also undertaken national educational consultancy work with BBC Schools Television, QCA, CARE, Damaris Trust and the Culham College Institute.
Peter was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester Grammar School, Warwick University and Manchester Metropolitan University. He qualified as a teacher with a BA Hons QTS in 1989 and as a Church of England school inspector in 1999, before being awarded the NPQH in 2003 and completing postgraduate research for his MSc in Educational Leadership and Management in 2013.