Peter Butcher has been in the microwave industry for more than 30 years. He started his career as an Aircraft Electrical Engineer, and then worked with EEV for 12 years, latterly responsible for the sales and marketing of all microwave products. During this time he completed his Diploma in Management Studies. In 1984 he joined TMD (then Thorn EMI Varian) as Marketing Director, and was promoted to Managing Director in 1989. He led the company through three major changes: the restructuring of the business following the end of a 20 year joint venture with a US company, the development of new international markets, to offset the decline in UK business, and in 1995 the MBO from Thorn EMI. He and Howard Smith are the major shareholders of TMD Technologies.