Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business


13th November – Cardiff
CBC Event: Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of BT


Cardiff Business Club’s business is, and always has been, connecting organisations and sharing inspiration via our members and our world class speakers. Established in 1912, our objective has always been simple: to offer an environment where members can connect with decision makers from across the private, public and charitable sectors to support and promote their businesses.

Cardiff Business Club is the leading organisation of its kind in Wales. Founded in Cardiff in 1912 and with HRH The Prince of Wales as its Patron, the Club holds dinners with speakers of international standing to address the members. These events are usually held at either The St David’s Hotel & Spa or The Hilton Hotel in Cardiff between September and June.

Sir Michael Rake is Chairman of BT Group plc. He is also Chairman of Worldpay Group plc and Majid Al Futtaim Holdings LLC and a director of S&P Global and Andes Energia plc. Mike chairs the Nominating & Governance Committee and the Committee for Sustainable and Responsible Business, and is a member of the BT Pensions Committee.

He was President of the CBI from 2013-2015; a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2010-2015; non-executive director of Barclays plc from 2008, and subsequently Deputy Chairman from 2012-2015; Chairman of the private equity oversight group the Guidelines Monitoring Committee from 2008-2013; Chairman of easyJet plc from 2010-2013; the first Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 2007-2010. He was a director of the Financial Reporting Council from 2008-2011 and Chairman of Business in the Community from 2004-2007. Mike was a member of the National Security Forum for 2009/2010 and a member of the board of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum from 1998-2007.

From May 2002 to September 2007 Mike was International Chairman of KPMG. Prior to his appointment as International Chairman he was Chairman of KPMG in Europe and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK.

Mike joined KPMG in 1974 and worked in Continental Europe before transferring to the Middle East to run the practice for three years in 1986. He transferred to London in 1989, became a member of the UK board in 1991, and was elected UK Senior Partner in 1998.

Mike is also Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce UK operations, Chairman of the Advisory Council of A Blueprint for Better Business, Honorary Vice President of the RNIB, a member of the Board of the TransAtlantic Business Council, an advisor to ENGIE in the UK and Teneo Holdings LLC, a member of the Advisory Council for Business for New Europe, Senior Adviser for Chatham House and he is on the Global Advisory Board of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. Mike is also a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge, a City & Guilds Fellow and a Patron of the Science Museum.

Mike was knighted in 2007. In 2011 he received the British American Business UK Transatlantic Business Award in recognition of outstanding business leadership. In 2013 Mike received the Channing Award for Corporate Citizenship, was voted the FTSE 100 non-executive director of the year and received the ICAEW outstanding achievement award.

The lectures which are given before each dinner are open to all. Membership of the Club entitles individuals to book places for dinner, subject to availability.

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WHERE: St David’s Hotel
WHEN: 13th November, 6.15pm