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Sir John Peace

Queen Elizabeth appointed Sir John Peace as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire to succeed Sir Andrew Buchanan Bt., KCVO on 21 July 2012.


Sir John is a successful businessman and philanthropist, with a long and distinguished career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Formerly Chairman, Chief Executive and a Founder of Experian plc, Chief Executive of GUS plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and Chairman of Burberry plc - all FTSE 100 companies operating globally. He was also Chairman of the Work Foundation, a visionary think-tank.


Sir John is committed to supporting the Midlands region and is currently Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. These are Government backed initiatives aimed at driving economic growth throughout the Midlands region, creating new jobs and generally giving people more opportunity. He is also formerly an East Midlands Ambassador for Business in the Community and has a long-standing interest in education.


In 2011, he was knighted for services to business and the voluntary sector.


Since 2012, he has been High Steward of Southwell Minster Cathedral, an honorary and ambassadorial position given to a member of the laity who shows particular encouragement and support to the Cathedral in its mission and ministry in serving the community.


For 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University, and in 2017 became Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University. His Patronages include The Royal British Legion in Nottinghamshire, SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity, Framework, Nottingham Forest Community Trust, Trustee of Djanogly City Academy, Governor of Nottingham Boys High School (ex-officio) and Nottingham Castle Trust.


Sir John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham as well as being an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University.


He was formerly High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 2011-12.  He is Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Magistrates Advisory Committee.  


Sir John is married to a former schoolteacher, Christine (Lady Peace), and has three daughters and six grandchildren.


The announcement of Sir John’s appointment as Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire can be found on HM Government’s website at: Lord-lieutenant for Nottinghamshire - GOV.UK (

The Lord-Lieutenant’s role is a voluntary, unpaid appointment until the age of 75 years. The first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown and seek to promote a spirit of co-operation by encouragement of the voluntary services and benevolent organisations, and by taking an active interest in the business, industrial and social life of the county. The Lord-Lieutenant’s role is, like the Monarch's, essentially non-political.

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