Peter Block

Diversity & inclusion

Peter began his career in broadcasting as a trainee at Thames TV. He went on to be an owner/manager of three production companies. In academic roles he established and managed a Media Production BA at West Herts College and an MA degree in Media Management at the University of Hertfordshire. His well received text book Managing in the Media was written to support these programmes.  

Until 2011 he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcast Equality & Training Regulator (BETR).  Prior to that, he managed a global media learning development department in the Business Consulting Services of IBM and held several human capital management posts in PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.  He produced and delivered award winning training programmes for global and national organisations. The scope of work included retraining tanker drivers for Shell International to modelling consulting behaviours in a cross-cultural blended learning programme for PriceWaterHouse Coopers consultants working in new countries.

He led the work of the independent Think Tank, Diverse Skills for Growth along with Dr Gillian Shapiro and Baroness Oona King. He has a profound interest in people development and until 2014 chaired the Board of Trustees for Terapia a leading training centre in integrative child psychology and counselling based in North West London.  

Currently he is the course director for an international MA Management programme for the University of Westminster delivered in the UK and China. Operationally he provides leadership and co-ordination of the delivery programme with staff in both countries, liaising with education ministers and the leadership in the partner University in China.

He is conducting post-graduate research for his PhD into government skills policy and its impact on the broadcast television industry. As a consequence of this research he has had three papers accepted at internal conferences. His work attracted the interest of the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and the Employment and Human Right Commission for whom he has just completed a review of the 2010 Equality Act for broadcasters. The output presented at the 2015 Edinburgh Television Festival. 

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