Sir John Peace
CHAIR OF THE JUDGING PANEL
Sir John has a long and distinguished business career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Formerly Chairman, Chief Executive and Founder of Experian plc, Chief Executive of GUS plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc, Chairman of Burberry plc – all FTSE 100 companies operating globally. He was also Chairman of the Work Foundation, a visionary think-tank and is currently Chairman of Octo Telematics
He is committed to supporting the Midlands region as Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. These Government backed initiatives are aimed at driving economic growth throughout the Midlands region, creating new jobs and generally helping people live their lives better.
Sir John is the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and former East Midlands Ambassador for Business in the Community. He has a long-standing interest in education; he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University for 10 years, and in 2017 became Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.
He was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector. He 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.