Peter Flavel finished his schooling at Prince Alfred College in 1977, having commenced in the final year of the Preparatory School, which, at that time, was Year 7. Peter made excellent progress throughout his time at the College and won a number of academic and all-round excellence prizes. In his final year, he was a College Prefect.
Peter played cricket and hockey throughout his time at the school, with the latter being, according to Peter, his true love. He played in the 1st XI Hockey Team from Year 8 as a forward and during his time in the Team they were undefeated, never losing, or even drawing, a game in school competition.
Unfortunately, in Year 12 Peter sustained a serious knee injury which dashed his prospects of playing hockey at the highest levels, having been a State representative up to that time. As a result of the injury, Peter started coaching, including the school 1st XI, while he was going through university. Peter was joint coach of the first Intercol Hockey Team, which PAC won. At the same time, he coached his club, Adelaide, to its first ever A Grade Men’s Premiership.
Peter completed a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and then a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce, which he commenced at Adelaide and then completed at the University of Melbourne. Later studies have taken Peter to the Harvard Business School, to Oxford University and to the Singularity University in Silicon Valley where he undertook an Executive Program.
After working for a few years as a Commercial Litigation Solicitor and Barrister, Peter moved into the finance sector, initially as a Management Consultant and then in investment management, following which he entered the banking sector in the mid 1990s.
Moving to Singapore, he became in due course Global Head of Standard Chartered Bank and then Chief Executive at JP Morgan Private Wealth Management Asia. During this time, he won a series of international awards including a special award for Outstanding Strategy from Private Banker International, and Outstanding Private Banker Asia-Pacific.
This led to Peter becoming, in 2016, Chief Executive of the House of Coutts, the seventh oldest bank in the world, based in London. Coutts is the UK’s iconic private bank and market leader. Its client base has always included the most successful and influential families in the United Kingdom, including the Royal Family. Peter is the first non-British person to lead Coutts and is therefore an acknowledged leader internationally in his field.
Peter has made the most of his considerable talents and is determined, focused and entrepreneurial, but he is also engaging and personable, and a true man of principle.