Peter Holmes

Peter is the Chairman of the Behavioural Insights Team, a social purpose company that helps organisations apply behavioural insights in order to support people to make better choices for themselves and society. BIT was spun out of Government to become an independent company in 2014. The company is owned by a combination of Nesta (30%), the Cabinet Office (35%) and BIT management and staff (35%).

BIT uses insights from behavioural sciences to: improve outcomes for individuals; reduce costs to taxpayers by improving the effectiveness of public service transactions; increase the effectiveness of government and public services through the wider adoption of behavioural insights and evidence-based approaches to policy making.

Peter is a Trustee of Shaw Trust, a charity that helps people who experience barriers related to disability or health to get jobs. It employs 1,400 staff and has an annual turnover in excess £100m making it one of the largest welfare to work organisations in the UK.

Peter has been active in techUK since 2000 and has been a Board member since 2008. He is the Chairman of the Finance & Performance Board and the Remuneration Committee.

Peter retired from Accenture in 2008. During his twelve years with them he held various positions mainly in their Public Services business. Prior to his retirement he was the Managing Director of the EALA (Europe, Africa & Latin America) Public Services Operating Unit. The Unit, one of fifteen global units across Accenture, helps public sector organisations achieve high performances by delivering improved services to citizens and business whilst containing costs. It employs in excess of 5,000 staff based in over twenty different countries.

Peter joined Accenture in 1996. Prior to this, Peter was the Managing Director of UK Systems for Sema Group Plc (now Atos) and a board member of their outsourcing business. At Sema, Peter worked extensively across the UK public sector where, for many years, he was the director responsible for the company's business with the Home Office and the Department of Social Security (now the Department of Work and Pensions).


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