After his design and manufacturing career, Peter became involved in local politics from which he retired in 2007.  His involvement with local government gave him experience in land use planning, transportation, the historic environment, conservation, world heritage and in 2005/06 he was elected to serve as the 778th Mayor of Bath.

Peter also gained experience in the health sector and the work of the Royal National Hospital of Rheumatic Diseases NHS Trust in Bath. He is today engaged in the voluntary sector and champions community ownership.