People are being given the chance to hear from the chair of one of the county's most prominent family businesses.

The Family Business Network has announced the event 'An Audience with Peter Hensman OBE' which is set to take place at the Percival Lecture Theatre in Ambleside on Wednesday September 11.

Peter is widely known and respected throughout Cumbria and beyond for his role as chair of one of the county’s largest tourism and leisure businesses, Lake District Estates.

With a history dating back to 1938, this family-owned business operates a wide portfolio of companies including Ullswater Steamers, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, caravan parks and self-catering properties and the Peter Rabbit and Friends shops.

Peter’s other business and personal interests have included holding several non–executive roles in both the private and public sectors, his current role as a trustee of the Lake District Foundation and being awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to the rural economy in Cumbria.

In an interview hosted by Cumbrian businesswoman, Sue Howorth of The Family Business Network, Peter will share his story and give an insight into the challenges and key defining moments of his life and career.

Sue said: “I feel truly honoured to be trusted by Peter to help him share his personal story.

"I am very much looking forward to giving people the opportunity to learn first-hand about Peter’s life and career and his hopes for the future, as well a unique insight into the family business.

"Many will be familiar with the different companies operating within the group, but not be aware of the fascinating history behind the business and how it has developed through the generations”.

The event will commence at 5.30pm in the Percival Lecture Theatre of the Ambleside Campus of the University of Cumbria with drinks and canapes for a 6.30pm start, concluding at approximately 8.30pm.

It will take place in partnership with Cartmell Shepherd, supported by Enterprise Answers and RfM Accountants and in support of the Lake District Foundation and the Cumbria Community Foundation.