Sir Peter Gershon CBE FREng


Our Chairman is responsible for the leadership and management of the Board and its governance. He ensures the Board is effective in its role by promoting a culture of openness and debate, facilitating the effective contribution of all Directors and helping to maintain constructive relations between Executive and Non-executive Directors.

Committee Membership: Nominations (Chair)

Appointed: 1 August 2011 as Deputy Chairman and Chairman with effect from 1 January 2012

Tenure: 7 years

Career: Sir Peter graduated with a Mathematics degree from Cambridge University. He started his career in the UK computer industry and has held senior executive positions in telecommunications and defence industries, as well as being the first Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce. In 2004/ 2005, Sir Peter, at the request of the Prime Minister and Chancellor, led a major review of efficiency in the UK public sector which recommended significant savings. Sir Peter was awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to the defence industry and was knighted in 2004 for his work on public procurement. He was Chairman of Tate & Lyle plc from 2009 until 2017. In 2016 he won the FTSE100 Non-Executive Director of the year.

Sir Peter is a fellow of a number of bodies including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society.

Skills and competencies: Sir Peter is an experienced leader, having held senior board-level positions spanning both public and private sectors in the computer, defence and telecommunications industries. He has served as Chief Executive and as a Managing Director in several high-profile organisations. Through his broad business experience and previous roles, Sir Peter brings external insight, understanding of diverse issues and the strong corporate governance expertise required to create and lead an effective Board.

External appointments:

  • Non-executive Chairman of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Management Board and Dreadnought Alliance;
  • Trustee of The Sutton Trust;
  • Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation;
  • Chairman of Join Dementia Research (JDR) Partnership Board;
  • Board member of The Investor Forum.