Peter Harris, aged 68, qualified as a chartered accountant having studied at Sheffield University. After a number of years in the accountancy profession he joined Borden Inc., a multinational food packaging and industrial product company, where he spent 13 years in a variety of senior financial roles. In 1994 Peter was appointed as finance director of RAC plc (formerly Lex Service Plc), a leading automotive services provider. In 1999 he became a group managing director of RAC plc, heading a number of businesses including Lex Transfleet, Lex Multipart, Lex Commercials, Lex Defence and RAC Software Solutions. In April 2006, following the acquisition of RAC plc by Aviva plc, Peter was appointed chief executive of Dawson Holdings plc, the media supply chain business, from which he retired in June 2009. Peter is also chairman of Atmaana Business Consulting Ltd and senior advisor to Chetwode SAS, a Paris-based financial services company, and a member of the Advisory Board of Sovam SAS, a French manufacturer of ground support equipment for the aviation industry. He is a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees of the Company.
Skills and experience
His extensive international business experience in the public company and charity environment, in which he has had experience of all the major executive and non-executive roles, and extensive experience in corporate governance, coupled with his ongoing career in business strategy consultancy, robustly qualify him for the role of Chairman of the Board.