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Sir Michael Rake, FCA, FCGI

Major Career Roles:

  • Chair of Worldpay Group plc
  • Chair of KPMG LLP and Senior Partner of KPMG UK and International
  • Chair of BT Group plc
  • Chair of Easyjet plc
  • Deputy Chair of Barclays Bank plc
  • Member of the UK Office of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group
  • Member of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s National Security Forum
  • Chair of the UK International Chamber of Commerce
  • Non-Executive Director at Frontier IP Group plc


Other Career Highlights: 

  • Director of the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC)
  • Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • President of the CBI
  • Director of S&P Global Inc
  • Lead Director of Worldpay Inc (now FIS)
  • Chair of Business in the Community (BITC)
  • Chair of Blueprint for Better Business
  • Chair of the UK Commission for Employment & Skills
  • Director of Prince’s Charitable Foundation
  • Chair of the Governors and Vice President of Wellington College

Sir Michael Rake is a highly experienced Chair with significant experience across public companies and private equity as well as within financial services, technology, telecommunications, consulting, energy, property, retail and leisure, and government.


Sir Michael is Chair of Phoenix Global Resources plc, Majid Al Futtaim Holdings LLC (UAE), , Wireless Logic Ltd, NewDay Ltd and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He is also a Senior Advisor to Citigroup, Vice President of the RNIB, a Director of Trust Payments Ltd and Non-Executive Director at Frontier IP Group plc.


In addition to holding advisory positions in a number of major US, UK and European companies, he has previously been a Senior Advisor to Chatham House, a member of Oxford University global board for business reputation and a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College Cambridge. He was also the first ever Chair of the Commission for Employment and Skills and the first ever Chair of the Private Equity Oversight Group Guidelines Monitoring Committee.


Sir Michael qualified as chartered accountant in the UK in 1972, became a partner with Peat Marwick (KPMG) continental firm in Brussels in 1979, subsequently becoming Senior Partner of Peat Marwick (KPMG) Middle East in 1986, the UK firm in 1998, the European firm in 1999 and the global firm in 2002 until he retired from the company in 2007 to become Chair of BT plc.


He was knighted for services to accountancy in 2007. In 2013, he received the Channing Award for Corporate Citizenship, was voted ‘FTSE100 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.