The 59-year-old, who celebrates 40 years in pest control this month, has agreed to help steer the work of the organisation and will play a key role in plans to increase its influence at local authority level.
Indeed, his first task as part of the committee has been to oversee production of a leaflet being issued to every council in the UK.
It spells out the benefits of membership and the value of ensuring any sub-contractors have achieved PROMPT status.
Pete, Pest Control Manager for Wirral Council, said: “One of the initial aims is to get more local authorities to recognise the benefits of PROMPT and registered technicians.
“I’ve learned that councils do things very differently to private firms as they’re run by politicians and not managers.
“So it’s important to get the right messages across to the right people and I’ll be using my experience to hopefully make that happen.”
The leaflet explains the qualifications needed to achieve PROMPT status, the advantages of CPD and reveals how local authorities qualify for preferential rates.
Pete added: “There’s no place for poor quality pest control anymore and authorities have a duty to ensure both in-house technicians and sub-contractors are up to the task.
“By insisting on membership of BASIS PROMPT, councils can rest assured they’re employing qualified professionals rather than cowboys.”
Pete has been in local authority pest control since joining Wirral Council as a trainee in 1977. He was a district technician for more than 20 years before becoming deputy manager and finally manager in 2008.
He has specialised in zero harm to the environment and non-target species pest control along with techniques for the minimum release of pesticides during treatments for 10 years.
He is a consultant and examiner in pest control for the Royal Society of Public Health and delivers presentations and post-qualification training in the region.
Stephen Jacob, chief executive of PROMPT, said: “Peter has vast experience of local authority pest control so I’m sure his contribution will prove particularly important to us.
“Each of our committee members has a different area of expertise and we hope that leads to a stronger, more robust organisation that has a positive impact on behalf of its members.”
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