Sir Peter  Middleton GCB

Sir Peter Middleton GCB


Sir Peter Middleton has served as Burford’s Chairman since its inception. In his role as Chairman, he focuses on strategy, decision-making and corporate governance.

Sir Peter spent nearly 30 years at HM Treasury, working closely with nine Chancellors, and was Permanent Secretary from 1983 to 1991. He chaired a review of the British Film Industry for the Thatcher Government and a review of Civil Justice for the Blair Government.

Sir Peter was UK Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies from 2007 to 2013, Chairman of Marsh Ltd from 2004 to 2013, Chairman of Mercer Ltd, from 2009 to 2014 and Chairman of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution from 2004 to 2011. He was Chairman of Camelot Group PLC from 2004 to 2010; a Director, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of United Utilities from 1994 to 2007; and a Board member of OJSC Mobile Telesystems from 2005-2007, Bass PLC from 1992 to 2001 and General Accident (later CGU) from 1992 to 1995.

Sir Peter became Group Chairman of Barclays Bank PLC in April 1999 and retired in August 2004. He joined Barclays in 1991 as Group Deputy Chairman and Executive Chairman of BZW, became Chairman of Barclays Capital following the reorganization of BZW in October 1997 and was Group Chief Executive from November 1998 until October 1999. He was also President of the British Bankers Association from 2004 to 2006 and a member of the National Institute for Economic Research from 1996 to 2007.