Peter J K Haslehurst DSc h.c. BSc DLC(Hons) CEng FIMechE FIET FIMMM CCMI FRSA.
Peter has been a Managing Director/Chief Executive and Chairman in international manufacturing industry PLCs for 47 years, specializing often in mentoring and assisting management in restructuring of non-performing companies, restoring them into successful enterprises.
He is a Chartered Engineer, a Life Companion and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute where he was chairman of their manufacturing panel, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the RSA and also the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, where he is a past senior vice president, then Treasurer and he is currently Chairman of their Audit Committee.
He has been a Director of Luxfer Holdings PLC from 2003 and Chairman from 2006 to 2016, world leaders in the manufacture of magnesium alloys, magnesium powders and magnesium products, zirconium chemicals and oxides, superformed components in aluminium, magnesium and titanium. Luxfer also have an over 50% global market share in high pressure aluminium and carbon composite gas cylinder manufacture. Luxfer multiplied shareholder value sixteen fold during the ten years to May 2016 of Peter’s chairmanship.
From 1969 to 1981 he was managing director of Wellman Mechanical Engineering Ltd., the metallurgical plant manufacturers. He was appointed chairman of the British Metalworking Plantmakers Association in 1974 and was founding chairman of the British Manufacturing Plant Constructor’s Association in 1980. From 1981 to 1999 he was chief executive, then chairman in 1985, of Flexibox International Ltd., supplying pump components to a quarter of the World’s Oil refineries. From 1985 to 1999 he was chief executive and deputy chairman of the EIS Group PLC, building a group of 100 companies in 30 countries involved in aircraft and defence equipment and fluid technology products, achieving 14 years of uninterrupted record profits, safeguarding and creating some 20,000 jobs, and generating a 30,000% capital appreciation for the original shareholders.
He was a Director of M&G Income Investment Trust 1994-2004; a Director of the British Hydromechanics Research Association 1984-1988; a Judge on the Design Council 1983/4 & 1988/9; a member of the Materials, Chemicals and Vehicles requirements board, Department of Industry 1981–1984; Anglo-Soviet Round Table Conference, Moscow 1983-1989; British Joint Trade Commission Czechoslovakia 1978-1984 and he led British overseas trade board missions to Colombia in 1974, Czechoslovakia in 1978, and Manchuria (PRC) in 1979. He was Industrial adviser to the Minister of State on his official visit to Czechoslovakia in 1977.
He was chairman and chief executive of the Brunner Mond Group from 2000 to 2008, stepping down an agreed two years after the company was acquired by Tata Chemicals, tripling shareholder value, in 2006. He was proud of being made an honorary chief of the Maasai following his services to their tribe as chairman of Magadi Soda Company in Kenya from 2001 to 2008, restoring the company to profitability. From 2003 to 2009 he was the founding chairman of Imago at Loughborough Ltd, the University conference centres business. He was a non-executive director of ECGD from 2006-2011, and was appointed president emeritus of VAI Industries (UK) (Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau Gmbh), following chairmanship of VA Tech (UK) from 1999 to 2002.
He is Trustee of the Royal Thames Yacht Club Ltd., where he was chairman and Vice Commodore 2008-2011. He has been chairman of the Leonard Cheshire Hill House appeal fund since 2008, and he is President of Macclesfield Conservative Association.
He was made Eisenhower Fellow from Britain in 1980, an honorary Doctor of Science at Loughborough University in 2008 and is a Freeman of the City of London.
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