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OPM Group announces new Chief Executive

Tuesday 3 February 2015


The OPM Group has today announced the appointment of Peter Holland as Chief Executive.

Peter joins the Group from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) where he has held the position of Group Head of Strategy and Performance since 2013. With over 25 years of diplomatic, civil service, public health and third sector experience, Peter brings with him a wealth of expertise in OPM Group’s main markets. He has extensive knowledge of leading in complex organisations such as HMRC and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and a proven track record of delivery evidenced by the implementation of major counter narcotics programmes in Afghanistan. In addition to gaining an in depth knowledge of policy and community engagement as a Harkness fellow in health services at the University of Washington, he has built partnership relations with the voluntary sector for RNIB and applied customer insight to long-term strategy for HMRC.

Peter will take up his appointment at the beginning of April 2015.

Barbara Moorhouse, Chair of the OPM Group, said:

“OPM Group is a unique organisation. Over 25 years, the group has built expertise in health, research and evaluation, change leadership and, with the acquisition of Dialogue by Design, expanded its public and stakeholder engagement capabilities. Peter brings an excellent mix of sector experience and strong customer focus, well suited to OPM Group’s commitment to close working with clients to achieve successful project delivery.”

Barbara Moorhouse also took the opportunity to thank outgoing Chief Executive Hilary Thompson, who retires from OPM Group at the end of February after leading the organisation since 2006:

“On behalf of OPM Group, I would like to thank Hilary for her significant contribution to the organisation. Her leadership has been invaluable in reshaping the group in recent years in response to changing markets.”

Commenting on his new role, Peter Holland said:

“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the OPM Group. I have long admired their combination of passionate commitment to social results and a strongly commercial approach. I am hugely motivated by their ambition to help organisations deliver high quality services while tackling the challenges of the next few years. I am particularly excited at the prospect of joining an employee owned business with such a shared sense of purpose.”

For further information please contact:

OPM Group’s Communications department:


t: 0207 239 7800

Biographical details

Peter Holland joined RNIB as Group Head of Strategy and Performance in 2013 from HMRC where he was Director of Customer and Strategy for Personal Tax. Between 1999–2011 he held a number of different positions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ranging from Director of International Policy at the Intellectual Property Office to heading the Afghan Drugs Inter-Departmental Unit. Peter was also posted to New Delhi between 2001-2004, his brief covering Indian domestic politics and human rights issues.

Peter began his career as a health services manager, and spent most of his 11 years developing primary and community health services in south London. In the early 1990s he set up one of the first Consumer Affairs departments in the NHS responsible for bringing customer understanding into the planning and management of local health services.

About OPM Group

OPM Group is an independent, employee-owned research organisation and consultancy. The group consists of two divisions: OPM and Dialogue by Design.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, OPM helps public services across all sectors to improve outcomes, performance and standards through high quality evaluation, research, engagement, and people and organisational development. OPM works with clients who have a strong commitment to improving outcomes for organisations, communities and people who use their services.

Founded in 1999 and acquired by OPM Group in 2012, Dialogue by Design designs and delivers bespoke public and stakeholder engagement and consultation services. Dialogue by Design specialises in handling consultations on contentious or technically complex issues and are expert at running consultations for nationally significant infrastructure projects.