National Physical Laboratory

Peter Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Thompson

Following a PhD in molecular electronics, Peter worked in trace analytical chemistry for the Defence Research Agency and Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. He held a variety of technical, project and programme roles before joining the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where he undertook business unit leader and customer-facing roles in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for defence and security.

Peter became head of the Counter Terrorism Science and Technology Centre, before returning to Dstl as a Programme Director for Science and Technology. Following a period in the Ministry of Defence headquarters, where he joined the Senior Civil Service leading Science and Technology policy, Peter returned to Dstl as a Board Member and Deputy Chief Executive, responsible for corporate strategy, governance, strategic relationships, communications and human resources.

Peter took up his present role at NPL in September 2015.

Last Updated: 28 Oct 2015
Created: 2 Sep 2015

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