Peter Curling has lived in Hillingdon all his life, and grew up on a council estate in Uxbridge. After leaving school in the 1980’s he started a Youth Training Scheme, working in Information Technology (I.T) which eventually led to various roles in blue chip companies and public sector organisations. Peter’s career in IT spans four decades and today Peter still works full time in Cyber Security.
As well as developing a career in Information Technology, Peter also wanted to give something back to the local community where he had grown up, and so in 1982 he joined his local Hospital Radio station (Radio Hillingdon), where he produced and presented programmes, as well as holding various management committee positions, including Fund Raising Officer and Chairman. Peter was particularly interested in covering local news and the local political scene. In the 1990’s he took on a local political discussion programme called “Councillor’s Question Time“, where he quizzed local councillors on matters of interest to the patients in the hospital. This political interest developed and in 2002 he stood as a Labour candidate for Charville ward in Hayes.
Peter won his Charville ward seat in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006. In May 2010 Peter was elected as a Townfield ward councillor and subsequently re-elected in 2014 and 2018.
Peter is the Leader of the Labour Group and The Leader of The Opposition on the Council (London Borough of Hillingdon). He has previously held various positions within the Labour group including; Shadow Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services, Vice Chair of the Education Youth & Leisure Scrutiny Committee, Deputy Whip, and Labour Lead on the Major Applications Planning Committee. He has also previously sat on the Ruislip Northwood planning committee, the North planning committee and the Central & South planning committee. Outside the Council, Peter is a trustee of the Fassnidge Memorial Trust, a trustee of HART (Hillingdon AIDS Response Trust).
Peter is also a member of The Co-operative Party. He is also a trade unionist and a member of UNISON and UNITE. Peter also sits on the Values and Principles board of the Co-operative Council’s Innovation Network.
Peter is a professional member of the BCS – The chartered Institute for IT (MBCS) and he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).