John Peace

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Sir John Peace
John Wilfred Peace

2 March 1949 (1949-03-02) (age 70)
Alma materRoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
OccupationBusinessman, chairman of Standard Chartered plc and Burberry Group plc
Board member ofStandard Chartered, Burberry, The Work Foundation
Spouse(s)Christine A Blakemore/Peace

Sir John Wilfred Peace (born 2 March 1949)[1] is a British businessman, ex-chairman of British fashion house Burberry[2] and ex-chairman of Standard Chartered,[3] a British multinational banking and financial services company. Since 2017, he is Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

Early life[edit]

Peace was born into a mining family at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire (where he still has a home) and attended school there. He was then educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[4]


Peace joined GUS plc after leaving Sandhurst, rising to group chief executive.[5] He held this position from 2000 to 2006.[6] He was Chairman of Experian plc from 2006 to 2014.[7]

Peace is chairman of Standard Chartered Bank[8] and non-executive chairman of Burberry Group plc since June 2002.

Since February 2016, he has been independent chair of Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect,[9] which was set up in 2014 to produce a long-term transport strategy for the Midlands region. In June 2016, he was appointed chair of the Midlands Engine,[10] which was set up by the government to raise productivity and economic growth in the Midlands region, and of which Midlands Connect is the transport arm.

Since 2017, he has been Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.[11]

Other positions[edit]

Peace became Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire from 21 July 2012. He was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

John Peace married Christine "Chris" Blakemore in 1971.[14] They had met at school and started dating when he was 18. She is a school teacher: the couple have three daughters.[5]


  1. ^ "MUSTO TOPCO LIMITED". Dellam. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  2. ^ Retail Editor, Deirdre Hipwell (14 April 2018). "Sir John Peace to check out of Burberry after 16 years". Retrieved 16 July 2018 – via maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "John Wilfred Peace works at Standard Chartered PLC since 01 August 2007 currently as a Director".
  4. ^ "Current Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire". Nottinghamshire County Council. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Saturday Profile: Peace after boardroom battles". The Daily Telegraph. 25 November 2000. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Argos sales boost GUS group". The Guardian. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  7. ^ Treanor, Jill (16 July 2014). "Profile: Sir John Peace". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ Pratley, Nils (4 August 2010). "Standard Chartered might get tired of London". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Peace in our time as Midlands Connect appoints independent chair". Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Sir John Peace named as Chair of Midlands Engine". 1 June 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  11. ^ Jarram, Matt (23 October 2017). "Nottingham Trent University appoints Sir John Peace as its new chancellor". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Peace, John: Brief Biography". Reuters. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Queen's birthday honours list: Knights". The Guardian. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Buchanan, Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
Succeeded by