Sir Michael Rake

Sir Michael Rake FCA, FCGI

Sir Michael Rake has spent most of his executive career with KPMG, joining in 1974 to work in Continental Europe, before transferring to the Middle East for three years in 1986. He transferred to London in 1989, became a member of their UK Board in 1991 and was elected UK Senior Partner in 1998.

From May 2002 to September 2007 Sir Michael was Chairman of KPMG International. Prior to this he was Chairman of KPMG in Europe and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK.

Board Mandates

Sir Michael is Chairman of Worldpay Group since 2015. He is a Director of S&P Global (2008) and Chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC (2010).

He steps down as Chairman of BT Group plc in November 2017, having been in this role since 2007.

In 2016 he took on 4 new roles:  Chairman of the Advisory Council for ‘A Blueprint for Better Business’, Advisor to Teneo Holdings LLC and to ENGIE in the ÚK, as well as becoming Director of Andes Energia (AIM listed Argentine company).

His business roles include chairmanship of the International Chamber of Commerce UK and membership of the board of the TransAtlantic Business Council.

He is also a Senior Advisor for Chatham House and a member of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Global Advisory Board. He is also Vice President of the RNÍB.

He stepped down as Chairman of easyJet plc during the summer of 2013. He has been President of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) from 2013-2015 and Chairman of the Henley Festival from 2011 to 2016. From 2008 to 2015 he was Non-Executive Director with Barclays, and was deputy Chairman from 2012-2015.

Sir Michael was Chair of Governors and Vice President, Wellington College 2010 to 2016 and is also a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

He was the first Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 2007 to 2010 and was a member of the National Security Forum for 2009/2010. Sir Michael was also a Director at the Financial Reporting Council from 2007 until 2011.

Sir Michael was also Chairman of Business in the Community from 2004 to 2007 and a member of the board of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum from 1998 to 2007. From 2007 to 2013 he was Chairman of the Private Equity Oversight group and the Guidelines Monitoring Committee. .


Sir Michael was knighted in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List.

In 2013 he received the Channing Award for Corporate Citizenship, was named FTSE 100 Non-Executive Director of the year and also received the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2011 he received the British American Business UK Transatlantic Business Award in recognition of outstanding business leadership.

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