Eric Peacock has been leading companies since 1970 where he cut his teeth in both consumer goods and industry supply chain for a group of businesses subsequently acquired by Hanson.
He subsequently had work with James Hanson on running Eric’s division of the nine businesses, acquisition spotting and integrating and thanks to James who funded him he set off on a serial entrepreneur route and acquired Babygro a company he took to full stock exchange listing and is now chairman of a group of high growth businesses including Baydonhill FX, which he took to AIM listing, Award winning Stage Technologies Ltd a company in the entertainment stage automation industry, Cimex technology, Boxfield Holdings, Stevenage Packaging ltd, The Consulting Consortium, Premier Cru, Buckley Jewellery and Halo International furniture. Eric is also Chairman of the Cambridge Leaders Association run by Cambridge Leaders Network a technology peer group which includes companies such as Axe, Jagex, Redgate Software, Citrus amongst others.
Eric personally mentors various blue chip leaders including Phil Smith the Chief Executive of Cisco Systems in the UK. Also Eric has experience in other areas of financial services, professional services and a wide international background having run businesses in China, Australia, Canada, France, Ireland and South Africa. He has also been the key note speaker at various conferences globally including USA, New Zealand, South Africa and Hong Kong. He has also been the key note speaker in the UK for amongst others the UK defence service and HLB the global tax and accounting business. He has previously grown and sold businesses in the management development area with Achieve Global whom he sold to IIP in Brussels and Hospitality Plus he sold to VT Group. He is also President of Institute of Sales and Marketing Management and has sat on a number of government boards FCO, DTI, BERR and BIS and is currently a Non Exec Director with UKTI and UK Equity Finance.
Eric has wide ranging experience of start up, turnarounds, internationalisation, financing, acquiring, disposal and flotation. Eric is passionate about people development, culture, engagement and innovation as ways to create differentiate competitive advantage. In a phrase Eric is all about “helping leaders find their own greatness and assisting them to make their business world class”. Eric is also Chairman of Uniqueness and The Peacock Foundation both charities supporting underprivileged young people and he is also the Chairman of Big Issue Invest which invests in social enterprises with social impact outputs.