Sir Michael Rake
Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director
Sir Michael joined the Board in January 2008 as a non-executive Director, and was appointed Senior Independent Director in October 2011 and Deputy Chairman in July 2012. Sir Michael has significant non-executive experience, both as chairman and board member of listed companies. With over 30 years spent with KPMG, Sir Michael has substantial financial and commercial experience gained in Continental Europe and the Middle East. He was Senior Partner of the UK firm from 1998-2000 and Chairman of KPMG International from 2002-2007.
Sir Michael has been Chairman of BT Group PLC since 2007 and a Director of the McGraw-Hill Companies since 2007. In June 2013, he became President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). He was Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (2007 - 2010) Director of the Financial Reporting Council (2007 - 2011); Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (2007-2010); Chairman of Business in the Community (2004 - 2007); and Chairman of easyJet PLC (2010 -2013).
Sir Michael is Chairman of the Board Audit Committee, and a member of the Board Financial Risk Committee, the Board Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee and the Board Enterprise Wide Risk Committee.