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Peter Desmond

Peter Desmond Circular Economy Strategic Advisor

Peter’s extensive financial background underpins his circular economy advice and support. 

His broad commercial perspective can help you prioritise the opportunities and build a compelling case for change.

Contact us now to discuss how we can help make the circular economy work for your business, or read more about the coaching services we offer.

Peter is keen to work with SME’s and start-ups, helping them use the circular economy to succeed and prosper.

As well as his coaching role with Rethink Global, Peter supports businesses as a Circular Economy Club Mentor.  He also helps overseas organisations to embed the circular economy and is co-founder and chair of the African Circular Economy Network.

Strategic Advisor, Rethink Solutions

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and MBA graduate bringing a broad commercial perspective to his work on the circular economy. Using his experience from 40 years as a strategic advisor, coach, trainer and senior finance executive, he now supports SMEs and corporates in the UK and Africa in getting started on their circular economy journeys.

He is a Circular Economy Club Mentor and former Local Organiser for Brighton & Hove, organising monthly meetings to help accelerate the transition towards Brighton & Hove becoming a circular city.

Peter has an MA (Distinction) in Globalisation, Business and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. His dissertation: “Towards a circular economy in South Africa – what are the constraints to recycling mobile phones?” enabled him to uncover the ways that circular approaches benefit  developing economies. (Read Peter’s MA research report here.)

Following his graduation in 2016, he returned to South Africa to co-found and chair the African Circular Economy Network. This aims to build a restorative African economy that creates well-being and prosperity for its people whilst regenerating environmental resources.

Peter lives in West Sussex, UK and chaired a steering group enabling Lindfield to be recognised as a Fairtrade Village by the Fairtrade Foundation.

Peter’s client experience includes Atisreal UK, Bentalls, Braitrim, London Electricity, Montgomery Watson, Nortech Control Systems, Pullen Pumps, Quality of Sales, Rechem International, Romney Packaging, Sign People, Serco Facilities Management, Top Frost International, Whitbread, NPI, Business Link London City Partners, Business Link for London, National Police Training College, Design Council, Business in the Community, Ghana Institute of Directors, Environment Agency, Royal Town Planning Institute, Inbucon Group, West London Business, Transport for London, Tearfund, Methodist Church, RedR UK, Action Contre La Faim, Vision for a Nation Foundation.