Peter Hamilton

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Major Peter James Sidney Hamilton (born 19 November 1917) was a security consultant who headed Zeus Private Security Ltd - a company hired in 1983 to spy on anti-nuclear activists opposing the construction of the Sizewell B nuclear power station. [1] He was also a director of a related security company, Securipol Ltd, along with Sir Dallas Bernard, an Old Etonian and a former director of Morgan Grenfell (1972–79) and Italian International Bank plc (1978–89). [2]

Biography

Hamilton served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the Second World War [3] after which he became a Captain [4] and then a Major in the West Yorkshire Regiment. [5] In October 1953 he was awarded an MBE 'in recognition of gallant and distinguised services in Malaya' earlier that year. [6] He retired from the Army on 31 December 1958. [7]

Hamilton was Managing Director of Zeus Private Security Ltd [8] which was hired in 1983 to spy on anti-nuclear activists opposing the construction of the Sizewell B nuclear power station. According to the Guardian, Zeus Security Consultants was originally set up with money from James Goldsmith. [9] Lord Chalfont was according to the Guardian, a board member of Zeus Security from 1981 to July 1983. [10] Chalfont’s Who’s Who entry states only that he joined the board of Peter Hamilton (Security Consultants) Ltd in 1984, which may in fact be the same company, since according to Companies House records, Peter Hamilton (Security Consultants) Ltd was until September 1983 known as Zeus Security Consultants Ltd.

Publications

Peter Hamilton, Espionage and subversion in an industrial society: an examination and philosophy of defence for management, Hutchinson, 1967.
Peter Hamilton, ‘Security is an attitude’, in Noel Currer-Briggs (ed.), Security: Attitudes and Techniques for Management, London: Hutchinson, 1968.
Peter Hamilton, Computer security, Auerbach Publishers, 1973.
Peter Hamilton, Legislating for security’, Security Gazette, March 1974, pp.94-5.
Peter Hamilton & A. Norman (eds.), Handbook of Security, London: Kluer/Harrap, 1975.
Peter Hamilton, Espionage, terrorism and subversion: an examination and a philosophy of defence for management, Peter A. Heims Ltd, 1979.
Peter Hamilton & Alison Kettell, Business security: Internal policing for management, Associated Business Press 1980.
Peter Hamilton, The administration of corporate security, Cambridge: ICSA Publishing, 1987.

Notes

  1. David Pallister and Richard Norton-Taylor, ‘Chalfont’s links with world of spying’, Guardian, 4 February 1989.
  2. BERNARD, Sir Dallas (Edmund)’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012, [accessed 21 Feb 2013]
  3. London Gazette, 15 November 1940, p.6622.
  4. London Gazette, 28 June 1946, p.3376.
  5. London Gazette, 23 June 1953, p.3520.
  6. London Gazette, 27 October 1953, p.5771.
  7. London Gazette, 16 January 1959, p.483.
  8. Director, Volume 33 (Director Publications Limited for the Institute of Directors, 1980), p.14.
  9. David Pallister and Richard Norton-Taylor, ‘Chalfont’s links with world of spying’, Guardian, 4 February 1989.
  10. David Pallister and Richard Norton-Taylor, ‘Chalfont’s links with world of spying’, Guardian, 4 February 1989.