CEO, Private Banking
Date of appointment: 1st November 2019
Peter joined Coutts as Chief Executive in March 2016 and, under his leadership, the iconic private bank has undergone a significant transformation across all of the Bank’s key performance targets: Return on Equity has grown from 4% to over 16% in less than 4 years and his focus on simplification has seen a 20% improvement in the cost to income ratio of the 327 year old business. In addition, Peter’s passion for innovation across banking, lending and wealth management and raising the bar on service standards has led to a market-leading net promoter score from Coutts’ clients. He has revived Coutts’ branding and image to be more warm and modern, whilst taking pride in its history, encouraging clients to recognise that Coutts is ‘more than a bank’.
In November 2019, Peter was invited by Alison Rose to also join the executive leadership team of NatWest Holdings.
Peter has over 30 years of experience in financial services across Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Coutts, Peter was the CEO of J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management in Asia Pacific based in Singapore. Peter also spent nine years with Standard Chartered in Asia and founded their global Private Bank in 2006.
Peter is vice Chair of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Study Conference and a member of the Philanthropy Advisory Committee of the Royal Albert Hall.
Peter was born in Australia and has degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Adelaide and initially practised law as a barrister and solicitor. He has also attended the advanced management programmes at Harvard Business School, University of Oxford and Singularity University.