Peter has a breadth of experience across the student accommodation property, leisure and financial services industries. Prior to joining Valeo, Peter most recently ran his own consultancy business working with a number of private equity houses to develop student accommodation platforms and to put in place debt funding and financial and operational infrastructure to enable the growth of investee businesses.
Prior to that Peter was Group Finance Director of Opal Property Group, one of the UK’s largest student accommodation developers and owner-operators with over 20,000 rooms, where he led the work to recapitalise the business and restructure its £1.1bn debt position.
Peter spent two years before that as the COO of a fund of hedge fund asset manager running both private and listed investment funds. As Group Managing Director of AIM listed leisure business Georgica/Essenden for 6 years Peter led the UK’s largest snooker and pool business “Rileys” and largest tenpin bowling business “Tenpin” with a turnover of over £130m across 210 sites managing 3,200 staff.
Peter is a qualified accountant and started his career at Arthur Andersen in the financial markets division before leaving to join FTSE 100 Prudential Plc where he spent 4 years in the head office focused on capital investment appraisal and financial forecasting and a further 4 years as a divisional Finance Director of Prudential’s UK business.