Honorary Fellow

Sir Michael Charles Gerrard Peat

  • I studied Law as an undergraduate at Trinity.
  • My grandfather and great uncles were also undergraduates at Trinity.
  • I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975 and obtained an MBA at INSEAD in 1977.
  • I have worked in the Royal Household in several positions, and have held a number of executive and chair positions with investment, finance and education firms.
Michael Peat


I am chairman of CQS, a global alternative investment manager, senior independent non-executive director of Evraz plc, a FTSE 100 steel and mining company, non-executive chairman of GEMS Education, the world’s largest private education company, and a non-executive director of Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd., a bank.

I became a partner in KPMG (London) in 1985. I led a consultancy study into the management and finances of the Royal Household during 1986-87 and was subsequently asked to implement my recommendations. I 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. I retired from the Royal Household in 2011.  

After leaving the Royal Household, in addition to my present jobs, I was on the Board of Deloitte UK and an independent non-executive director of M&C Saatchi plc. I was a fellow of Eton College from 2002 to 2011 and the 2018 recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Outstanding Achievement Award.