Peter was born in West Bromwich and started work in retailing in the town. He has three children with his first wife, June. He worked for Lucas Industries in Birmingham and West Bromwich in the marketing department for 15 years and in personnel and training for a further five years. He joined the Youth Skill Youth Training Scheme as a personnel and training officer and continued there for five years. He married Joy in 1985 and they moved into retailing with the Stars News Shops Company managing shops around the Midlands and eventually managing the Eccleshall store for 20 years. For part of this time he trained future store managers for the company.
He retired at the age of 63.
Peter will focus raising funds during the year in support of Staffordshire Women's Aid and for the purchase of Public Access Defibrillators throughout the Borough.
Peter has been a member of the Eccleshall Parish Council for 16 years serving at various times as Chairman and Traffic Management committee chairman and Planning Committee Deputy Chairman.
He was a founder member of the Business Focus Group in Eccleshall and continued as its chairman for several years before he retired from business. Although still supporting the group and the Totally Locally Eccleshall project.
Peter is an active member of his local church and he is the quizmaster at the Kings Arms public house every Sunday evening with his wife Joy as scorer. He provides a quiz service for a number of local groups. He has been a Rotarian for 20 years and was the President of the Stafford Rotary Club for the year 2014 - 2015
His involvement with the Eccleshall Festival began as a committee member responsible for public relations and currently he is the leader of a group of volunteers who arrange a nine day festival in the town every other year ending with a street market attracting 80 stalls and several thousand visitors to the town.
For the past 17 years he has produced the Eccleshall Guide an 80 page full colour guide to Eccleshall, its businesses, clubs and organisations which is distributed to 3000 homes and available from many outlets free of charge. It is accompanied by a website www.eccleshallguide.com which contains the same information but online.
He is the editor of a number of websites in the town including one for Holy Trinity Church, the Illustrated Eccleshall Guide, Chebsey Parish Council and his own website containing details of Peter’s political and social activities.
He writes weekly news columns in the Staffordshire Newsletter and the Market Drayton and Newport Advertiser with details of Eccleshall activities. He also supplies Eccleshall items to the Stone and Eccleshall Gazette. Peter continues to promote all things Eccleshall to a wider community.
Peter was elected to Stafford Borough Council as an Eccleshall ward member in 2011 and served as a member of the Planning Committee and Audit and Accounts Scrutiny Committee.
Joy was born in Smethwick one of five children. As money was tight she left school at 15 and went to work in a stockbroker’s office in Birmingham where she learnt to type, answer the telephone and do accounts. Marrying for the first time she moved to Kingswinford and went to work for British Gas where she trained to be a Central Heating Advisor working with the Sandwell local authority on home improvements to council house stock. Leaving work in 1971 to have her daughter Helen the family moved back to Oldbury and she later went to work at a local travel agents’ as manageress.
She met Peter while working on a local election campaign. They married in 1985 and decided that they would like to work together joining Stars News Shops and moving to various shops before finally coming to the Eccleshall store in 1993
Looking for new challenges, Joy went to work part time for the Stafford Railway Building Society as a cashier.
Joy is a member of the Stafford Inner Wheel Club as treasurer and enjoys singing with the Eccleshall Singers. She is also an active member of the local church and enjoys spending time with her 8 year old grandson Jack.
Together with Peter’s three children and five grandchildren they have quite a large family group.