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Peter loves working with businesses, teams and individuals to turn a product or service vision into commercial success. He loves building and coaching teams of amazing people in high growth and high uncertainty contexts, applying energy and focus, along with a good dose of pragmatism to accelerate commercialisation of great ideas.

Peter heads up Vision Formers, a specialist consultancy that helps visionary technology businesses get product to market and turn ideas into reality.

Peter has helped accelerate growth at a number of startups, most recently at Navenio in Oxford, UK as Head of Product and Iotic Labs (now Iotic ) in Cambridge, UK as Chief Operating Officer.

Peter is an active board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless), having been three times elected by the membership since 2009. Peter is a long-standing SIG Champion currently active in the Artificial Intelligence SIG and has conceived and delivered many innovative and successful events along with his fellow co-champions. For six years, Peter successfully led the team delivering the flagship Future of Wireless International Conference for CW.

Peter previously worked with technology innovator Qualcomm, where he led teams in artificial intelligence and product design: powering app stores with content recommendations, improving the battery performance of smartphones, and enhancing how we interact with connected consumer devices in our homes. Peter is a named inventor on nine patent applications in the field of machine learning.

Prior to Qualcomm, Peter was a key player in the growth and development of mobile technology licensing business TTPCom, into a global software business. Peter led teams creating software which over time transformed mobile phones from simple “talk and text” devices into modern Smartphones. He held a wide range of management, technical and customer-facing roles, with experience stretching from the physical layer through to application platforms and mobile operating systems. Proud to have developed and sold mobile phone software shipped in well over 100 million handsets, with an extensive list of blue chip customers globally.

Peter’s earlier career was as a technology consultant with both TTP Group and Logica, within the telecoms sector working in areas such as Pagers, Private Mobile Radio and Speech Recognition.

With an interest in the non-profit sector, and building on Qualcomm’s philanthropic corporate giving culture, Peter built the corporate relationship between Qualcomm and the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), as well as being a Trustee of local charity Ely Foodbank. Peter has a passion for mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders, having instigated programmes in both the commercial and third-sector.

Peter is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Chartered Engineer, is an alumni of the Cambridge Judge Business School, and holds an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Kent. Peter is co-author of the 2012 classic The Essentials of Mobile Handset Design.

Peter is a very curious, inquisitive individual, and as well as high technology, has wide ranging interests including history, architecture, cosmology, theology, linguistics and behavioural economics. When relaxing, Peter enjoys visiting nature and heritage sites along with a spot of bird-watching.

You can follow him as a very occasional user of Twitter @peter_whale or check out his most recent LinkedIn profile.

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