Over the course of a 30-plus year career, Peter Rowley held numerous senior roles at various banks and building societies, before retiring as the Chief Executive of the Darlington Building Society in 2009, following 17 years in post. Since then, he has enjoyed a second career providing advice and guidance to a diverse range of private, public and not-for-profit clients.

He is Chairman of The Sports Council Trust Company, Chairman of British Weightlifting, the lead non-executive director of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, a trustee of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, and a trustee of Tees Valley Community Foundation. He has served previously as a board member of Sport England, an independent member of UK Sport’s Audit Committee, chairman of SkillsActive UK and a director of Coachwise Ltd.

A Fellow of the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility at Leeds Beckett University - undertaking Doctoral research into the board effectiveness of National Governing Bodies of Sport - he lectures in economics, finance and strategic management in sport at 3 universities and is a consultant on governance and assurance for 2 grant making trusts.

Peter believes passionately in the power of sport to change lives and communities for the better and received the OBE for services to sport administration in the New Year Honours List 2017.