Who is Peter Flavel? Coutts CEO under fire over Nigel Farage banking row

NatWest boss Dame Alison Rose has resigned after admitting she was the source of an inaccurate story about Nigel Farage‘s finances.

The resignation follows days of pressure on the banking group’s leadership following a dispute over whether Mr Farage‘s bank account at prestigious private bank Coutts was closed because of his political views.

Now the former UKIP leader’s attention has turned to the CEO of Coutts Peter Flavel, as he calls for him to quit too.

Below we look at everything we know about Mr Flavel as pressure grows on him to step down over the row.

Follow the latest on the Natwest row with Nigel Farage here.

Who is Peter Flavel?

Peter Flavel is the CEO of Natwest-owned Coutts


Australian-born Peter Flavel, 63, is the chief executive officer of Coutts.

A Harvard Business School alumni and Oxford graduate, he joined Coutts in 2016 as the first non-British CEO in over 300 hundred years of the bank’s history. A father of three, his salary is estimated to be around £910,00, according to The Telegraph.

He is also vice-Chair of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Study Conference and a member of the Philanthropy Advisory Committee of the Royal Albert Hall.

Where did he work before?

Mr Flavel has more than 30 years of experience in financial services across Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

Before joining Coutts, he was the CEO of J.P Morgan Private Wealth Management in Asia Pacific based in Singapore. He also spent nine years with Standard Chartered in Asia and founded their global Private Bank in 2006.

The CEO has been credited for a boost in Coutt’s performance since he joined seven years ago.

“Peter’s passion for innovation across banking, lending and wealth management and raising the bar on service standards has led to a market-leading net promoter score from Coutts’ clients,” his NatWest Group profile says.

“He has revived Coutts’ branding and image to be more warm and modern, whilst taking pride in its history, encouraging clients to recognise that Coutts is ‘more than a bank’.”

What has Nigel Farage said about him?

Nigel Farage is calling for the resignation of the whole Natwest board

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While Mr Flavel has so far been tight-lipped on the issue, Mr Farage has called him out several times, accusing him of being “asleep at the wheel”.

Claiming Mr Flavel repeatedly refused to respond to letters, Mr Farage said the Coutts boss’s position was “unsustainable”.

Speaking to The Independent, Mr Farage said: “I wrote to him twice before it went public, and once since.

“So three times, I have reached out to the CEO and not even been given the courtesy of a response. Frankly, that is just disgusting. He is totally incompetent, does he care? Has he been in hiding?”

Mr Farage said “big, highly paid jobs” such as running Coutts “come with responsibility”. And he added that he warned Mr Flavel he would go public about the closure of his account, but claims he continued to be ignored.

Dame Alison Rose resigned after admitting to making a ‘serious error of judgement’ over BBC leak


He added that “none of it”, from the departure of Dame Alison to the £650m hit to NatWest’s shares on Wednesday morning, would have happened if Mr Flavel responded.

When the news Dame Alison Rose quit as head of Natwest broke on Wednesday morning, Mr Farage called for the whole board to resign.

He said: “So, she’s gone, and that’s a start, but I have to say that (Coutts chief executive) Peter Flavel … (NatWest chair) Howard Davies … it was the board that sanctioned this culture that talks about diversity and inclusion, and actually is very divisive.

“In my case, as you can clearly see, pretty poisonous stuff. I think any board member that endorsed that statement last night, where they said ‘yes, she breached confidentiality, but she can stay in her post’… frankly, I think the whole board needs to go.”

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