City Grammar - Memories - Sir Peter Middleton

Sir Peter Middleton to be installed as Sheffield University's seventh Chancellor.

Sir Peter Middleton, Chairman and Chief Executive of Barclays Bank, will be installed as the University's seventh Chancellor at a ceremony to be held in Firth Hall, Firth Court, Western Bank on Saturday 9 October at 3.00pm.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the ceremony and there will be photo opportunities before, during and after the event.

During the installation ceremony, Sir Peter will confer Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters (LittD) upon four distinguished people from the world of finance and business - The Right Hon Eddie George, Governor of the Bank of England; Christopher Fildes, Britain's most distinguished financial journalist; Lord Burns, former Permanent Secretary to the Treasury; and Peter Harper, former board member of Hanson plc and John Laing plc.

Commenting on his installation, Sir Peter said "I am honoured to become Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, as it completes my circle of association with both the University and the City of Sheffield.

"I look forward to meeting students and staff at the University and to widening my links with private and public sector organisations in Sheffield".


1. The Chancellor - Sir Peter Middleton

Sir Peter Middleton was born in the Sheffield suburb of Pitsmoor. He attended Sheffield City Grammar School and then read Economics at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a first class honours degree in 1955.

After completing his national service Sir Peter spent almost thirty years at the Treasury. Working first as a Senior Information Officer, he became Treasury Press Secretary in 1972, Head of the Monetary Policy Division in 1975 and finally Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in 1983.

During his career in Whitehall he worked for no fewer than 11 Chancellors and was a key adviser to Geoffrey Howe, Nigel Lawson, John Major and Norman Lamont.

On leaving the Treasury in 1991 Sir Peter was appointed Group Deputy Chairman of Barclays Bank and Chairman of BZW, its investment banking division. He also accepted non-executive directorships at Bass, General Accident and United Utilities. In 1998 he became Group Chief Executive of Barclays, and earlier this year succeeded Andrew Buxton as its Chairman.

Sir Peter has been a member of the Council of the University of Sheffield since 1991 and was elected a Pro-Chancellor of the University in 1997. He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (LittD) by the University in 1994 for his distinguished contribution to the work of the Civil Service.

He lives in Kensington with his wife Connie and has a keen interest in tennis and music, serving as Director of the English Chamber Orchestra and Music Society.

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