Sir John Peace

Chairman – Midlands Engine


Born and raised in Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

He has a long and distinguished business career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. John is a Founder, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Experian plc, former Chief Executive of GUS Plc, former Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and, until July 2018, was Chairman of Burberry plc.

Today, he chairs Midlands Connect and the Midlands Engine; government-backed initiatives aimed at driving economic growth throughout the Midlands region.

John was knighted in 2011 for services to the business and voluntary sector, and became Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in July 2012. He was also appointed Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University in 2017.