Sir John Peace

Sir John Peace

Sir John Peace has a strong financial services and retailing background and in 1980 he was one of the founders of CCN Systems, an early pioneer of credit scoring techniques, risk models and the development of customer segmentation systems. CCN went on to become Experian plc, a global information services company providing data and analytical tools to clients in over 90 countries.

In 2000 he became Group CEO of GUS plc, of which Experian and Burberry were a part. He spearheaded a major restructuring strategy to refocus the group, including the acquisition and disposal of more than 50 businesses worldwide.

In 2002, Burberry was floated on the London Stock Exchange with Sir John as its Chairman.

In 2006 GUS plc was demerged and Experian became a FTSE 100 business in its own right, again with Sir John as its Chairman.

Board Mandates

Sir John is Chairman of Burberry Group plc and was Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank plc (listed on the London, Hong Kong and Mumbai stock exchanges and ranks among the top 20 companies in the FTSE 100 by market capitalisation) until he stepped down at the end of 2016. He was Chairman of Experian plc until September 2014.

Sir John is committed to supporting his local community and has a long standing interest in education. For 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University. He has been a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999. Sir John chairs the Nottingham Growth Board Forum focussing on issues associated with the recession and local unemployment and is the East Midlands Ambassador for Business in the Community. He is Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has an honorary doctorate from The University of Nottingham.


Sir John was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector.

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