Sir Michael Peat


Non-Executive Director

Career History

Sir Michael Peat became a partner in KPMG (London) in 1985. He led a consultancy study into the management and finances of the Royal Household during 1986-87 and was subsequently asked to implement his recommendations. Sir Michael did this initially on secondment from KPMG, before joining the Royal Household in 1993. Positions held in the Royal Household included Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to The Queen, Receiver General of The Duchy of Lancaster, Principal Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, member of the Duchy of Cornwall’s Council and chairman of The Prince’s Charities Foundation. He retired from the Royal Household in 2011.

Current Appointments

Sir Michael is now chairman of CQS, independent non-executive chairman of GEMS MENASA Holdings, senior independent non-executive director of Evraz plc, an independent non-executive director of M&C Saatchi plc, an independent non-executive director of Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd, chairman of the Advisory Board of BellAziz Holdings Ltd and a consultant to the family and charitable interest of Mr Wafic Rida Said.


Sir Michael Peat studied law at Oxford, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975 and obtained an MBA at INSEAD in 1977. Sir Michael was a fellow of Eton College from 2002 to 2011, is an honorary fellow of Trinity College Oxford and was the 2018 recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Outstanding Achievement Award.