About Peter

Peter Curling has lived in Hillingdon all his life, he was born in Hillingdon Hospital and went to Whitehall Primary School and then The Greenway Comprehensive School (now Uxbridge High).

Peter is one of the Labour Councillors for Townfield Ward, in Hayes Middlesex. He was first elected to Charville Ward in May 2002, and re-elected in May 2006. The main reason he stood for election was to work with local people in our community in order to make a difference to the quality of peoples lives and to generally put something back into the local community. In May 2010 Peter was elected as a Townfield ward councillor, along with fellow Labour Councillors Lynne Allen & Robin Sansarpuri, and subsequently re-elected to Townfield ward in May 2014 and May 2018

Peter is the Leader of the Opposition Labour Group 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) and a Governor of The Harefield Academy.

Before standing for election Peter was heavily involved in Hospital Radio. He joined Radio Hillingdon as a volunteer when he left school and soon became a regular ward visitor collecting requests from the patients and then presenting the request programme. Peter enjoyed producing and presenting many varied radio programmes and his interest in current affairs and local politics led him to being part of the news team, attending Council meetings and reporting back, as well as chairing a weekly political question time programme with local Councillors. As well as producing and presenting programmes, Peter also held various positions on the management committee including, Station Manager, Fund Raising Officer and Chairman. Peter is still a member of Radio Hillingdon today, but due to his many council commitments he cannot make an ongoing regular commitment and so he helps out when and where he can.

Peter has worked in the I.T. Industry for over 35 years, and he is currently working at Brunel University London as a Cyber Security Officer. His career started at Uxbridge Technical College where he was the Computer Technician. After a few years Peter moved into the world of airline reservation systems as a Senior Field Service Engineer for Galileo UK (formally Travicom). Peter’s next move was to the completely different world of food retailing at Safeway Stores plc, where he worked in the PC Support team and then later in the networks department as a Network Infrastructure Specialist. In 2004 Safeway Stores was taken over by Morrisons plc and Peter was made redundant. As a result of this experience Peter decided to work in the public sector, so that he could contribute to something more meaningful than just share holders profits.  He started working at Brunel University London in November 2004 as part of the Networks Connect Team, where he worked on services that pioneered what is now described as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), by establishing services that allowed students to connect their personally owned devices to the university network in a safe and secure way.  Peter was also part of the university’s internal CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team).  Peter has since moved out of Networks to his current role of Cyber Security Officer.

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).