Peter Ogden

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For the fur trader and explorer, see Peter Skene Ogden. For the odd fellow, see Peter Ogden (Odd Fellow).

Sir Peter Ogden (a.k.a. islandman) is one of the founders of Computacenter, one of the United Kingdom's largest computer businesses.


Peter was born in Rochdale, England. He was educated at Rochdale Grammar School (now Balderstone Technology College).[1] He was awarded a scholarship to University College, Durham in 1965, where he received a BSc in Physics (1968) and a PhD in Theoretical Physics (1971). Peter continued his education at Harvard Business School, receiving an MBA in Business Studies in 1973.


Peter's early career was with investment banks, notably Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley (where he was a Managing Director).[2]

In 1981, he founded Computacenter with Philip Hulme,[3] acting as Chairman of the company until 1998, when he became a non-executive director.

He established a charitable foundation to pursue his philanthropic interests[1] — The Ogden Trust had an annual expenditure of £1,118,224 in 2006–7.[4]

He was knighted in the 2005 New Year Honours List.[5]

Ogden is current leaseholder of the Channel Island of Jethou.[6]


  1. ^ a b Knighthood for hero of poor but bright kids, Rochdale Observer, 4 January 2005. Retrieved: 21 April 2008
  2. ^ Computercenter Senior Management, Computacenter plc website. Retrieved: 21 April 2008
  3. ^ Computacenter website, key dates. Retrieved 27 March 2009
  4. ^ Charity Commission: Registered Charity No. 1037570
  5. ^ Exams reformer given knighthood BBC News, 31 December 2004
  6. ^ The Joys of Jethou This is Guernsey, 25 July 2009

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