Dr. Pete Waterman,OBE
Record Producer and Entrepreneur, OBE
It is now 30 years since Pete Waterman formed his own company that changed the face of British pop music. Together with Mike Stock & Matt Aitken, they became the most successful British producers/songwriting team in pop history selling in excess of 500 million records around the world across five decades and launching the career of artists such as Kylie Minogue, John Travolta, Rick Astley and Steps. Among countless international industry awards, in 1990, Pete was recognised as the music industry’s ‘Man of the Year’.
Pete is also recognised as a prolific TV personality, firstly with his ground breaking TV show, ‘The Hitman and Her’ and consequently alongside Simon Cowell on the TV talent show ‘Pop Idol’ which took British TV worldwide.
A songwriter, a producer, an author, DJ, TV talent show judge, television presenter and a lifelong entrepreneur – Pete’s life is far from just being about music.
Pete has a lifelong love for railways. Since buying the first national rail franchise in 1993, Pete has continued to contribute massively to the preservation and development of this historic and essential industry. In 1997, he established London & North Western Railway, a state-of-the-art independent railway maintenance company. In 2005 he sold LNWR to Arriva (now DB Schenker), allowing him to focus on Britain’s largest railway heritage business, London & North Western Railway Heritage Company, an independent facility in Crewe for the repair and maintenance of diesel locomotives which Pete sold in 2014. Pete led the campaign for a National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, of which he has been a Patron since its establishment in 2010 – not bad for a lad who started his railway career as a fireman! Having worked with successive Secretaries of State for Transport to campaign for HS2, Pete accepted the invitation to join the Government’s HS2 Growth Taskforce in 2013. Pete’s new company the Railway Exchange Training Academy (‘RETA’) will be based in Crewe that will provide a comprehensive training utility to the railway industry opening later in 2015 alongside Mathew Conway and John O’Boyle of OSL Rail Limited.
After receiving honorary degrees from Coventry University in 2001 and the University of Liverpool, in 2004 Pete was awarded an OBE for his services to music in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005, and Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire in 2010.
In 2011, Pete joined the initial board of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and is currently Deputy of the Local Transport Body.