Alongside his mediation expertise Pete has a master’s degree (MSc) and holds the highest level of ‘Fellow’ within the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Having received distinctions in employment law, he is also qualified in health & safety and holds a green belt in lean six sigma. During his career Pete has been responsible for people engagement for up to 12,000 employees across the world and he has also personally managed factories with hundreds of employees. He is also a Company Director.
Pete attributes his ability to engage with people as having been educated at “the University of Life” having left school at 16 and worked his way through the ranks. In any one day he can be working with employees on a shop floor, Senior Corporate Executives, Trade Unions or Lawyers – it’s working with such a variety of people and backgrounds that gives him the buzz that he gets from his work.
Pete has a fundamental belief that the root cause of issues between people always stems from relationships, engagement and trust – whether it be in a commercial contract, in a civil matter or in the workplace. He recognises that entering into mediation is a difficult but positive step forward for all parties involved and explains “if people are willing to talk and engage in mediation then I will explore every avenue possible to help the parties in reaching their own pragmatic solutions. This is the beauty of mediation - rather than decisions being made for you by a Judge in a court of law or a manager within a procedure you can often achieve a much better solution mutually. This can save a whole lot of stress and, in most cases, save thousands of pounds in legal costs”.
It’s the pragmatism that Pete believes in so passionately that inspired him to launch his own company Pragmatism (UK) Ltd, which offers mediation and other people-related help to businesses and individuals across the UK.
Pete is married to Liz and they have a 7-year-old daughter, who he says already thinks she’s a teenager. Being an animal lover Pete has had a whole variety of pets but currently only has a dog and a number of ex-battery chickens who see out their days in his back yard. In his spare time Pete does lots of DIY, having managed a large home improvement project over the last few years – which he hopes one day will actually be completed - if he gets the time.
Pete can help parties to resolve their disputes in any civil, commercial or workplace situation. For more information see Pete's LinkedIn profile.