Peter Hannaford

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter has been involved with datacenters for almost 40 years, firstly as a computer operator, through programming and systems development, to starting his own company Waterfields in 1989, which became one of the biggest datacenter design & build companies in Europe before being sold in 2001. His next venture was to found Tecnikon, which designed and patented the first water-cooled server rack with an integrated vertical cooling coil specifically for high-density computing. Tecnikon was acquired by APC in June 2003.

At APC Peter helped develop Tecnikon’s innovative cooling solution into one of APC’s most successful product lines, envied and imitated by a large number of competitors. APC was itself acquired by Schneider Electric in February 2007, and Peter was appointed Vice President for Datacenters and Alliances by Schneider, a position he held for 3 years before leaving in September 2010 to form Datacenter People ( to offer specialist recruitment services and consulting to the datacenter industry. Datacenter People is now the leading talent sourcing firm servicing the datacenter sector worldwide with offices in London, Singapore, Tampa and Dublin.

Now Chairman of the Datacenter People group, Peter currently focuses on Executive Search in the industry through the company's subsidiary, Portman Partners