It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Peter Shaw, Chief Executive of Thatcham Research (2011 – 2018) passed away on 24 January 2019. Peter had been undergoing treatment for a brain tumour since January 2018, and stepped down as Chief Executive in June last year. He will be much missed as a colleague and friend.
At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and would ask that their privacy is respected.
Jonathan Hewett, Chief Executive at Thatcham Research comments: “Peter has left a strong legacy not just at Thatcham Research, but in the wider insurance and automotive industries. Thatcham Research’s increased relevance in the rapidly changing vehicle landscape, not just in the UK but many international markets, is a testament to his deep understanding of the market, his thought leadership and teamworking ethic that he made part of the company’s DNA.”
Graham Gibson, chairman at Thatcham Research says: “Very rarely in life do you meet an individual who is as charismatic and generous as Peter. Not only is his passing a great loss to his family and friends but also the wider insurance and automotive industry. We often talk about legacy, and very few can be as privileged as leaving such a great legacy as Peter.”
Peter had been Chief Executive as well as a Board member for seven years, and steered Thatcham Research through a period of notable change, with the company increasingly recognised as a global centre of excellence for assisted and automated driving assessment and testing. He initiated a research strategy which reflected this fast pace of change in the automotive market – and more importantly, kept ahead of it, with thought leadership and rapid development of safety standards.