Obituary – Vale Nigel Hugh Peck
The team at FM magazine were sad to hear of the recent death of Nigel Hugh Peck, the founder of NHP, the electrical engineering products company he established in 1968. Peck passed away on 1 April at the age of 89, surrounded by his family.
NHP is renowned for offering high-quality switchgear, advice and services to Australia and New Zealand. Peck started the company with just 17 members of staff, having identified a gap in the market for such a specialist company. Foundation brands included Sprecher and Schuh. By the end of the next decade, the company had grown to 50 and this figure was quadrupled by the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Peck presided over the company’s expansion across the Tasman Sea, finally retiring from his managing director position in November 2002.
He continued as the chairman of NHP Holdings Pty Ltd for another 11 years, retiring from that position in 2013, while remaining a director of the company. It was during this first decade of the new millennium that NHP built its own national manufacturing and distribution facility in Laverton, to the west of Melbourne, and continued to cement its position as the leading Australasian solutions provider.
Outside of business, Peck was a highly valued member of the community, known for a marked sense of social responsibility, which saw him become involved in various philanthropic causes across the country. In June 2004 he was recognised for his efforts, receiving an Order of Australia for his services to both the electrical industry and the wider community as a respected leader and mentor.
The team at FM magazine would like to express our condolences to his widow, Patricia, and his family.