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A former senior civil servant, Peter held the posts of Rural Director and, latterly, Rural and Environment Director, Scottish Government (2006 – 2011), Head of Efficient Government Delivery Group, Scottish Executive (2004 – 2006), Director General, Northern Ireland Prison Service (2002 – 2004) and Director, Human Resources, Scottish Prison Service (1998 -2002).

Peter was also the chairman of the Central Scotland Forest Trust from 2013 to 2014.