Peter was born in Machynlleth and educated at Rydal School, Colwyn Bay. He graduated with a degree in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester in 1980 and began his career with Standard Chartered Bank working in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In 1987, he returned to London and joined The Consulting Group, an executive search firm specialising in the financial services sector. He later acquired the company, selling it in 1999 to the global recruitment firm TMP Worldwide (Monster.com)

In 2002, after completing a degree in Coaching and Consulting for Change at INSEAD Business School, he founded Oxygen Coaching, a specialist executive coaching business. During the past 15 years has worked with senior executives and management teams at some of the world's leading companies and financial institutions. Other executive roles have included being CEO of Savile Group Plc, a human resources consulting group that helps organisations improve business performance through the development of their people