SEND FOR LEVENE – PETER LEVENE, BARON LEVENE OF PORTSOKEN IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT
A fascinating autobiography covering the multifaceted career of Peter Levene (Lord Levene of Portsoken KBE) – successful businessman turned senior civil servant and then renowned commercial trouble shooter. Along the way Peter also had time to be Lord Mayor of London.
Peter Levene’s career has uniquely straddled both the public and private sectors at the highest levels …invariably in troubled times.
In Send for Levene the author charts his commercial career from his early days in establishing United Scientific Holdings PLC as a multi-million pound listed company to his sudden transformation into a senior civil servant as Chief of Defence Procurement at the invitation of Michael Heseltine the then Minister of Defence.
This was followed by a move into investment banking and an unexpected appointments to act as Prime Minister John Major’s Efficiency Advisor. Peter was then appointed to put the troubled Docklands Light Railway back on the rails before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive of the also financially troubled Canary Wharf development.
This book is full of fascinating insights into business and government – national and international.
“His story, told with a refreshing simplicity and frankness, will resonate with anyone who has started their own business, or sought to get a grip on the complexities of management in the public sector or troubled private sector projects. His achievement in the Defence Ministry and later as advisor to John Major created his reputation as the ‘go to’ trouble-shooter”.
Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine CH PC
“Peter Levene gives fixers a good name. He always answers the call and he has done his country and the state very considerable service. This book is full of fascination and insight”.
The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield
“Peter Levene played a major role in winning the Cold War. He was one of the few very successful business leaders who also possessed the skills and personality to lead and transform in government. By instilling discipline, blocking gold-plating and forcing competition he enabled Britain to build train and deploy forces that were among the best in the world. His dramatic reforms provided an example that transferred rapidly to the much larger Pentagon and enabled the NATO alliance to field naval and land forces that were the major factor in winning the Cold War. His memoir is a page-turner and a timely cook book for our current security challenges”. John Lehman, US Secretary of the Navy (1981-87)