Peter is Shrewsbury born and bred and has lived locally for all of his life. He is married to Julie and they have two grown up children, Steven and Charlotte.
Peter is one of seven children and was brought up on the family’s dairy farm at Underdale Hall. He went to school locally at Crowmoor Junior School and then the Priory Grammar School for Boys.
After leaving school, Peter worked in the family milk business which was then based at Longden, near Shrewsbury. After his father retired, Peter took over the business and developed it further before selling it in 1989. He then bought a sports shop in Shrewsbury town centre which he operated until retiring in 2017.
Peter was first elected as a Councillor in 1982 becoming the Shrewsbury and Atcham Councillor for Copthorne. He served on nearly all of the committees of SABC before becoming Leader in 2000. As Leader, Peter lead the project to redevelop the Old Market Hall in The Square as a cinema, build a new theatre on the banks of the River Severn, build the new Guildhall (which is now home to the University), develop the new Livestock Market and also create the Sports Village at Sundorne.
In 2001, Peter was elected to Shropshire County Council and served as Deputy Leader between 2005 and 2009. In 2009, the Government reorganised local government and created a new unitary council for Shropshire and Shrewsbury Town Council. Peter then became Leader of the new Town Council for its first four-year term.
Peter has lived in Copthorne for most of the last thirty years and is keen on sport and gardening. He and his wife Julie have an allotment at Bowbrook.
Julie works as a Medical Secretary at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and also does work with the Samaritans.
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