Cardiff-born and a product of Howardian Grammar school, Alan is a metallurgical engineering graduate of Loughborough University and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Alan Peterson has over 30 years’ executive leadership experience in a number of roles for public and private equity-backed businesses across the UK, Europe and North America. He is currently chairman of HSS Hire Group and Cardiff based BBI Diagnostics Group.


Career Timeline

Alcan Aluminium
Various MD Roles - 10 years

  • Various Business Unit MD roles – multiple sites/sectors
  • Commercial Director – Extrusion Division and Managing Director Building Products Division
Early Career


West & Welsh Home Improvements Group Founder

Early Career


Rockware Group
Managing Director

  • Major European packaging group – BTR PLC owned
  • Turnover £350m; 4,000 employees
1990 - 1994


Chief Executive Officer of Meyer International PLC

  • Jewson (major subsidiary); plus 10 subsidiaries UK/Europe/USA
  • Led major consolidation of Builders Merchant sector-tripled Jewson share to market leader
  • Turnover £1.5bn; 13,000 employees; FTSE 250
  • Sold Meyer to Saint-Gobain Group (France) £1.2bn agreed bid
1995 - 2000


3i Group PLC - Consultant – Industrialist in Residence (2001-2005)

  • Sought and evaluated large investments up to £500m deal size
  • Reviewed and advised on many existing assets                                            
2001 - 2012


Rubicon Retail Ltd.
Non-Executive Chairman

  • £38m MBO vehicle from Arcadia PLC (September 2001)
  • Fashion retailer comprising- Principles, Warehouse Fashion
  • Sales £280m; loss making (£9m) on entry - £28m Ebitda on exit
  • Exit February 2005 business sold £140m to Shoe Studio Group
2001- 2005


PaperPak Holdings Ltd.
Non-Executive Chairman

  • Renamed - Attends Healthcare (2006)
  • MBO/rescue (3i backed) from CVC/US banks (September 2002)
  • Provider of incontinence products throughout Europe, North America- factories Sweden/North Carolina; HQ Los Angeles
  • Sales $260m – loss making on investing; $28m Ebitda on exit
  • Refinanced March 2005 - exit Jan 2007 – USA Business to KPC ($42m); July 2007 European Business to Rutland ($120m)
2002 - 2007


Refresco Holding B.V.  
Non-Executive Chairman

  • €248m MBO (3i backed €70m) - September 2003
  • Pan-European manufacturer (11 production sites) of fruit juice and soft drinks
  • Sales €450m; Ebitda €41m (2002); €606m; €63m on exit
  • Buy & Build strategy; Refinanced March 2006; Exit May 06 €475m
2003 - 2006


HSS Hire Group
Non-Executive Chairman

  • £114m BIMBO (3i backed –January 2004)
  • Tool and equipment hire to UK building trade, industry, and DIY sectors from 500+ outlets; pan-USA network
  • £145m sales; £28m Ebitda on entry; £174m; £46m on exit
  • Refinanced August 2005; exit to Och-Ziff June 2007 £310m EV
2004 - 2007


Azelis Holding SA Luxembourg Non-Executive Chairman

  • €315m 3i buyout
  • €1bn sales pan-European speciality chemicals distributor; operating in 28 countries; 30,000 products; 40,000 customers
  • Oversaw major reorganisation & refinance– retired after 5 years
2008 – 2012


Enterprise Group Holdings Executive Chairman

  • £650m 3i buyout (2006)
  • £1.2bn revenue - UK provider of outsourced blue collar services to local authorities, utility companies and central government;17,000 employees
  • Major restructuring; working closely with hedge fund lender group
  • Sold to Ferrovial Services SA April 2013 £385m
2011 - 2013  


HSS Hire Group
Non-Executive Chairman

  • Exponent PE funded purchase from Och-Ziff & Perry Capital
  • IPO Feb 2014 – listed on the main LSE stock market
2012 - Present 


PHS Group plc

Installed as NED to assist Hedge funds (55 in total) to achieve a debt for equity restructuring- project complete



Pattonair Holdings Ltd
Non-Executive Chairman

International Aerospace parts supplier owned by Exponent PE

  • Revenue £400m
  • 800 employees with operating sites in Asia, North America, Europe, and the UK.
  • New strategy and business improvement plan executed so doubling Ebitda in just over 30 months
  • Sold to Platinum Equity at 3x invested money multiple
2015 - 2017


BBI Diagnostics Group
Non-Executive Chairman

International point of care diagnostics provider owned by Exponent PE

  • Major consolidation of multiple factories into Global Centre of Excellence in Crumlin, South Wales.
2015 - Present


Honorary Colonel Army Cadets Wales

  • Sponsored three Snowdon Challenges for 90 Cadets over three years.
  • Sponsored three visits to Wales Rugby Internationals for over 1000 Cadets.
  • Sponsored six Welsh Cadets to take part in Lord Dannatts' 2018 Round Britain Sailing Challenge.
  • Sponsored the September 2018 dinner celebration at Cardiff Castle for ACF Queen's Commission for Adult Officers.
2016 - Present


Chairman NSPCC Wales Appeal Board 

  • £2 million of new funds raised during initial 24 months to April 18.
  • Expanded the extended network throughout Wales through a series of major events.
2016 - Present