Chief Executive, British Telecommunications PLC Sir Peter Bonfield, Kt 1996, was born in Letchworth, Herts, in 1944. He was educated at Hitchin Boys Grammar School, and graduated from Loughborough University of Technology in 1966 with an Honours Degree in Engineering. He began his career with Texas Instruments Inc., establishing a wide experience base both in semiconductors and computers in Europe, the USA and the Far East, before becoming a Divisional Director in 1974 based in the USA. He joined the Board of ICL plc in 1981, became Managing Director in 1984, and was Chairman and Chief Executive from 1985 to 1996. He also joined the Board of STC PLC in 1985 and was Deputy Chief Executive, STC PLC from 1987 to 1990. On 1 January 1997 Sir Peter resigned as Chairman of ICL plc but remains on the Board as Non Executive Deputy Chairman. Sir Peter Bonfield became Chief Executive of British Telecommunications plc on 2 January 1996. He is a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca Group Plc, and Vice President of the British Quality Foundation. He was awarded the CBE in January 1989. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; the Institution of Electrical Engineers; the British Computer Society; the Chartered Institute of Marketing; The Marketing Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a past Member of the Civil Service College Advisory Board; a past Member of the Trilateral Commission; a Member of the Confederation of British Industry President's Committee; a companion of the Institute of Management; an Advisory Member of The British Council; a Member of the Company of Information Technologists; a Member of the European Round Table; a Member of the Salomon Smith Barney International Advisory Board; a Member of the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table. In 1994 he participated in the High Level Working Group established by the European Commission to consider the creation of the information society. In 1995, he was made a Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland. In the same year he also received the 1995 Mountbatten Medal from the National Electronics Council in the UK, awarded for his contributions to technology and the electronics industry. In 1996, he was awarded the Institute of Management Gold Medal. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of the Information Technologists, and a Freeman of The City of London. In May 1998 Sir Peter received The Outstanding Executive Award from Texas Tech University. He has also received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Loughborough, Surrey, Mid Glamorgan, Nottingham & Trent, Brunel, the Open University and Northumbria at Newcastle. Sir Peter is married and lives in Middlesex. His interests include music, history and sailing.
Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE
Former Chief Executive of British Telecom