Meet the Founding Directors

Red Planet was formed in 2008 to specialise in delivering bespoke solutions to the Fresh Produce and Farming industries. We have many years experience in Fresh Produce systems,  IT Management and Software Development.

Both Peter and Derek are Directors of Red Planet Programming Ltd and are actively involved in the day to day running of the business – and alongside their considerable expertise in the industry, their business decisions actively reflect the company’s ethos: Red Planet Revolves Around You – Our Customer.

Peter Taylor


Peter started in the Fresh Produce industry in 2005, working with the computer systems that support the factory and office alike. After working in the Fresh Produce industry for a few years, he wrote an ERP/MRP system that runs the whole business, from Consignment to Production Touchscreens and Despatch. In the process Peter has developed an understanding of how these systems work and how produce differs from other industries.

In 2008 Peter founded Red Planet Programming Ltd with Derek Thompson, with the focus on Quality and Service.

Peter is a big geek, and when not working, spends his time with family, walking his dog, PC Gaming, and generally geeking out.

Derek Thompson


After working within the Fresh Produce Industry for 20 years as Head of IT and Software Development, Derek developed a wide-ranging knowledge of systems and systems design.

With a keen passion for, and wealth of experience within the Produce Industry Derek founded the company in 2008 with Peter Taylor. Both Derek and Peter know how fundamental top quality business solutions are needed for this ever changing industry.

When not working Derek likes to spend his free time with his family, walking in Cumbria or Rutland and listening to Progressive Rock Music.