Peter was born in 1933, came to work in Milton Keynes in 1968. He joined the Development Corporation in 1972 in Social Development, by which time he already knew Leslie and Dorothy Jell. He was contacted by Marjorie Reid in 1974, who explained her vision for a hospice and took him to visit one in Sheffield. He was convinced by her plan and worked to ensure that the Development Corporation supported it. He was instrumental in getting the Corporation to switch a grant for design fees to a capital grant for purchase of Manor Farm in 1978. He also got the Village Plan for Willen changed to permit the development.