Sir Michael Rake


Sir Michael Rake

Sir Michael Rake is Chairman of BT Group plc as well as chairman of payments processing firm Worldpay Group plc, a director of McGraw Hill Financial and Chairman of Majid Al Futtaim Holdings LLC.

He was President of the CBI from 2013 to 2015; a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group from 2010-2015; non-executive director of Barclays plc from 2008, becoming Deputy Chairman from 2012-2015; chairman of the private equity oversight group the Guidelines Monitoring Committee from 2008 to 2013; Chairman of easyJet plc from 2010-2013; the first Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 2007 to 2010. He was a director of the Financial Reporting Council from 2008 to 2011 and Chairman of Business in the Community from 2004-2007. Mike was a member of the National Security Forum for 2009/2010 and a member of the board of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum from 1998 to 2007.

From May 2002 to September 2007 Sir Michael Rake was International Chairman of KPMG. Prior to his appointment as International Chairman he was Chairman of KPMG in Europe and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK.

He joined KPMG in 1974 and worked in Continental Europe before transferring to the Middle East to run the practice for three years in 1986. He transferred to London in 1989, became a member of the UK Board in 1991, and was elected UK Senior Partner in 1998.

Mike is also Vice President and Chairman of Governors of Wellington College, is Chairman of the Henley Festival, a Vice President of the RNIB, a member of the Board of the TransAtlantic Business Council, a Trustee of the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation, a member of the Advisory Council for Business for New Europe, Senior Adviser for Chatham House, member of the International Baccalaureate Advisory Group and on the Global Advisory Board of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. Mike is also a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge, a City & Guilds Fellow and a Patron of the Science Museum.

Mike was knighted in 2007. In 2011 he received the British American Business UK Transatlantic Business Award in recognition of outstanding business leadership. In 2013 Mike received the Channing Award for Corporate Citizenship, was voted the FTSE 100 non-executive director of the year and received the ICAEW outstanding achievement award.