Public Services & Media CAreer
Peter has over the years developed a role in a wide variety of public organisations and NGO associations predominantly with the Society of Black Lawyers. In 1993 he was appointed to be an observer at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre which led to him becoming an Immigration Judge in 1996. Due to his work combating racism in the legal profession and amongst the Judiciary he was appointed a member of the Judicial Studies Board Ethnic Advisory Committee (EMAC) in 1992 and took part in the ground breaking race training for all full and part time Judges in England and Wales over a three years period.
He became an active member of Labour Party Black Sections and ran for Labour Party selection in a number of seats including Gloucester and Tottenham.
In 1992 Peter was appointed to be a non executive Director of the Ealing, Hammersmith, and Hounslow Health Authority where he remained for a period of eight years. Linked to that Peter chaired two Mental Health Homicide Inquiries for the Department if Health and was the legal panel member for the Inquiry which addressed circumstances leading to the death of PC Nina McKay. Between 2000 and 2008 he was a member of the London Metropolitan Police Authority and was Vice Chair for the first two years.
In 2003 Peter created and Chaired the London Race Hate Crime Forum, the first Statutory and voluntary body in any European capital to scrutinize the response to hate crime across the capital. The detection rate for race hate crime rose from 17% to 39% during that period. Peter worked closely on the stop and search provisions and the anti terrorism operations of the Metropolitan Police in London. Peter is still active in policing issues in the capital being a current member of the Operation Trident Lay Advisory Group.
Peter became a member of the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith’s Race Advisory panel addressing diversity in the CPS between 2002 and 2005 and a member of the similar panel at the Home Office. In 2008 and 2009 Peter Chaired an internal Inquiry into diversity issues for the University of Bradford School of Health.
Peter has appeared regularly in the media as a commentator dating from his first TV appearance in 1988 on the “After dark” discussion programme and on Radio 4 on the “Today “ programme. Peter has appeared since then on numerous occasions in the print, Radio and TV media. Peter has been quoted in the main UK newspapers since 1985 with a period as a paper reviewer for BBC New 24. Peter appeared as a Question Time panelist with the former Chancellor Nigel Lawson and the Labour Deputy Leader John Prescott. He has featured on CNN news, been interviewed for Panorama and on Newsnight with Jeremy Paxton, and Channel 4 news. Peter has written articles for the Guardian newspaper, the Voice newspaper with regular appearances on local and National radio.