Sir Peter Ogden

"Entrepreneurs need to think responsibly about the distribution of their wealth. There is not much point in dying wealthy and leaving the problem to another generation. I chose education because it is so fundamental to the development of an individual."
Sir Peter Ogden

Peter Ogden was educated at Lowerplace Primary School, Rochdale and Rochdale Grammar School, which he entered as an 11+ pupil. From there he won a scholarship to Durham University where he took a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Particle Physics. He then went on to complete an MBA at Harvard Business School before a career in investment banking in both the UK and the US, principally with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. In 1981 he co-founded the computer services company Computacenter, of which he was Executive Chairman from 1981-1997.

Sir Peter Ogden received a knighthood for services to education from Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace on 9 February 2005.


  • Harvard Business School (1971-1973)
    MBA in Business Studies
  • Durham University (1968-1971)
    PhD in Theoretical Physics - studying Elementary Particle Physics
  • University College, Durham University (1965-1968)
    BSc in Physics

  • Rochdale Grammar School (1958-1965)

Charitable Activities

  • Founder and Trustee of The Ogden Trust
  • Member of Durham University Development Council
  • Member of Westminster School Development Council
  • Patron of SHINE (Support and Help In Education)

Honorary Positions and Degrees

  • 1999 Fellow of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge           
  • 2000 Fellow and Chartered Physicist, Institute of Physics
  • 2001 MA University of Cambridge
  • 2002 Doctor of Civil Law, University of Durham
  • 2003 Visiting Professorship, Department of Physics, University of Durham
  • 2009 Doctor of Science, University of Warwick 
  • 2010 Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics