Peter Done: Managing Director and Founder
Peter Done is Peninsula’s Founder and Managing Director.
In 1983, he started Peninsula with his brother, Fred, to offer 24/7 employment law, HR and health & safety support to small & fast-growing businesses. The reason?
The Done brothers had previously suffered poor legal advice at an employment tribunal, which led to them paying a hefty settlement. They realised SMEs needed a better, more affordable option…
Peninsula was launched as the first consultancy to make HR and health & safety services accessible to businesses of all sizes. From writing staff contracts and health & safety policies to tribunal representation, Peninsula offered complete support to take the stress out of running a business—without the expense of a local solicitor. As a result, the business grew to be the market leader.
Today, Peninsula looks after over 33,742 companies in the UK. It also offers services worldwide, with offices in the Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2018 & 2019, Glassdoor named Peter as one of the UK’s top CEOs, and The Sunday Times includes Peninsula in its annual Best Places to Work list. Peter is also regularly published in the Financial Times and Forbes.
And out of the office, he’s an avid match-going Manchester United fan.
Recent Blog Posts By Peter Done: Managing Director and Founder
Here’s what I know: add the Good Work Plan to your new year’s resolution list
January is traditionally a good time to make some positive plans for the year ahead—personally and professionally. As you make resolutions about uppi... Read More
Here’s what I know: there’s always something new to learn
Steve Jobs said of one particular decade at Apple, “Each year has been so robust with problems and successes and learning experiences and human experi... Read More
Here’s what I know: The art of business management in uncertain times
In a speech made back in 2016 following the EU Referendum result, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warned of the considerable uncerta... Read More
Here’s what I know: open communication boosts loyalty and engagement
I was looking through the topics we cover in this month’s In the Loop newsletter and one thing struck me straight away. It all comes down to communica... Read More
Here’s what I know: satisfied employees improve profitability
In 2018, 26.8 million working days were lost to work-related ill health according to Health and Safety Executive figures. Stress, depression and anxie... Read More
Here’s what I know: wherever you’re based, communication is the most important tool
Running a global business isn’t just the remit of major international conglomerates. Many small- to medium-sized businesses have elements of internati... Read More
Here's what I know: workplace burnout is a serious business
Imagine an illness of epidemic levels swept through the workplaces of the UK. This epidemic was so enormous that it caused 45 million working days to ... Read More
Here’s what I know: the times are a-changin’
All organisations evolve, and the workplace is no different. Change is to be expected as technologies evolve and different generations come into the w... Read More
Here's what I know: paranoia is better than complacency
The beginning of the financial year is always a good time to take a fresh look at your expenditure—even if you’ve just had a great year. In fact, l... Read More
Here's what I know: bad times can be the making of your company (and of you)
I’ve just been reading a great book by Ryan Holiday called, “The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs.” I’d recommend... Read More
Here's what I know: health & safety is a serious business
Here’s a sobering statistic. Between 2017 and 2018, 144 workers in Great Britain were killed at work. They went to work as normal, and they never retu... Read More