Peter joined the Royal Air Force in 1963 and was commissioned as a navigator the following year. Peter has been seriously involved with cartography since 1971 when he ran the Compilation Flight and the School of Cartography at No 1 AIDU based at RAF Northolt. He spent several years working with national mapping agencies providing maps, charts, moving map displays and mission planning systems for all 3 Services. He obtained a BA degree in Economics and Politics from the Open University and left as a Wing Commander in 1994 to become the Project Manager for the development of the Maplex Automated Text Placement programme which, through his initiative, was purchased by Esri in 1997. That software has now been incorporated into the core Esri software and is used by 100,000s of GIS professionals throughout the world. Peter left Esri in 2012 and the software team continues to flourish in Cardiff.
Peter joined the International Map Industry Association (IMIA) in 1965 and is now a Life Member having been the European Regional President and the first non-American International President in 2004. During his time with IMIA he set up the UK GEOForum for liked-minded UK organisations, some 15, and that Forum continues its work today. He joined the British Cartographic Society (BCS) in 1996 and became a Council Member in 2005 and has served as President, Chair of both the Programme and Membership Committees and is a Fellow of the Society. Peter now works as a volunteer in the Bodleian Library Map Room archiving the entries for the BCS Annual Awards.