Peter Hermitage retired as Director of National Police Training (NPT) in May 1999 after serving in the police for over 30 years, during which time he rose from the rank of Constable to Chief Constable.
He spent most of his career involved in policing in Kent with significant involvement in the shaping of operational systems and practices. He served from 1994-1996 with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary at the Home Office having particular responsibility for the inspection of personnel issues and value for money. As the Director of NPT, he was responsible for all recruit training, the Police Staff College, specialist training in crime and operations and the quality of training. He also gave advice to government on such issues.
From June 2000 until October 2003 he served as the Chairman of the East Kent NHS Hospital Trust. He was a Board Member of the Security Industry Authority from April 2003, taking on the Chairmanship of the Authority until 2006. He is Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Body of Canterbury Christ Church University. He also undertakes consultancy work in the area of management and is a Trustee of Michael Yoakley's Charity in Thanet.
Peter was educated at Chatham House Grammar School at Ramsgate. He lives in Canterbury with his wife. He has a married daughter, a married son and three grandchildren. He is a keen supporter of the arts and has been a Canterbury Festival Vice President since 2008.