Peter Done: Group 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: Group Managing Director and Founder
Here’s what I know: 2022 makes an example of companies that ignore HR rules
From mass redundancy controversies to freedom of speech, it doesn’t matter how big they are, no one is above the law. This year has proven that havin... Read More
Here’s what I know: there’s a line between competition and rivalry
When you work in a fast-paced environment, your workers might compete for recognition, bonuses, or promotions. Whilst healthy competition can be a gr... Read More
Here’s what I know: mental health is a priority
A survey by BACP revealed two-thirds of therapists believe the cost of living crisis is causing people’s mental health to spiral. 61% have said their... Read More
Here’s what I know: a degree isn’t everything
Two-thirds of employers believe their workforce lacks skills, according to CIPD. Yet, 57% of employers still scan CVs looking out for degrees. What d... Read More
Here’s what I know: we need to value young people in the workplace
Employers may be reluctant to hire someone who doesn’t have much – if any – experience. This is why young talent is so often overlooked… Hiring a you... Read More
Here’s what I know: good leaders care about inclusivity
A lot of companies say they embrace diversity but diversity is not the same as inclusivity. And every business leader needs to know the difference… Y... Read More
Here’s what I know: professionals want more than a good salary
It’s everywhere in the news. Headlines screaming out ‘cost of living reaches all-time high in 30 years’. The situation is bad, and it’s only getting w... Read More
Here's what I know: leaders need to build trust
Trust is key to any relationship – and work is no exception. You might be the boss, but you still have to earn your worker’s trust. Your staff depend... Read More
Here’s what I know: workplace stress is a killer of success
No job is inherently stressful. Stress is like friction. It’s a wedge between an individual and their job. How do you fix friction? You start by find... Read More
Here’s what I know: every business has managers, but few have a leader
In business, there’s a clear differentiation between being a leader and a manager. Leaders drive great results from their team by leading by example, ... Read More
Here’s what I know: you can only fix a faulty culture from the top
This past month, two British institutions have been rocked by scandals. While behaviour from Met Police officers sparked claims of misogyny and racis... Read More