After education at Dulwich and some journalism in Fleet Street Peter Duffell was commissioned into the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in 1960. He campaigned with his Regiment principally in the Far East and held a number of British Army command and staff appointments in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Germany and in Whitehall at the Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office before retiring from the Army in 1995 in the rank of Lieutenant General.
Subsequently Peter worked for a major International Law firm involved with its management, strategy and the direction of special projects in London and internationally particularly in Russia and China. Extra-curricular appointments have included membership of the Advisory Board of SOAS and the Trusteeship of various military charities. He is a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. His interests include the Arts and collecting pictures.
Peter became a Trustee of the Foyle Foundation in 2006.