Peter Yates was appointed as a Director of the University of Cumbria in October 2018 after his return to the UK, following an international career in the high technology industry. Most recently he was running a publicly-listed multi-national company producing microelectronic circuits and sensors for smartphones, tablets, and for the automotive industry.

He has always promoted and benefitted from close cooperation between universities and industry and is keen to support such partnerships across multiple sectors in Cumbria and beyond.