Michael Peat

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Sir Michael Charles Gerrard Peat, KCVO (born 16 November 1949) was the private secretary to Charles, Prince of Wales between 2002 and 2011.

Life and career

Peat was born in 1949 and is great-grandson of William Barclay Peat, founder of the accountancy firm of Peat Marwick. He was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, University of Oxford, where he graduated with a Master of Arts. He later attended the INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and obtained an Master of Business Administration in 1977. He became an Associate Chartered Accountant in 1965 and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1975.

Peat joined KPMG Peat Marwick McLintock in 1972, became a partner in 1985. He led a 1986 study into the financial management of the Royal Household. From 1987 to 1990, he was the auditor of the Privy Purse and administrative adviser to the Royal Household. In 1990, he was appointed Director of Finance and Property Services of the Royal Household, while remaining a partner at KPMG. He retired from KPMG in 1993, and in 1996 was appointed Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen, and Receiver General of the Duchy of Lancaster. He retired from these positions in 2002, when he was appointed as private secretary to the Prince of Wales, taking control of the Office of the Prince of Wales. In 2005 he was made Principal Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Because of his desire to return to the private sector, Peat...
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