University of Bath

Mr Peter Troughton CBE Pro-Chancellor

Pro-Chancellors play a key role in the institution but do not become involved in day-today executive management.


Peter Troughton graduated with an MA in history and law from Trinity College, Cambridge and served in HM Diplomatic Service from 1970 to 1979. On leaving, he joined WHSmith plc where he held a number of senior executive roles before being appointed to the main board as Managing Director Retail. He attended Harvard Business School in 1987.

He retired as Chairman of the Lowland Investment Company plc in 2017 and in 2016 as Vice-Chairman of Archant Ltd, the regional newspaper and magazine publisher. He retired as Non-Executive Director of Waverton Investment Funds plc in 2019.

He was a Trustee of the Royal Collection Trust from 2007 to 2016 but remains Chairman of the Future Programme Board and is a member of the Hillsborough Castle Advisory Committee in Northern Ireland. He is a Trustee of The Rothschild Foundation, the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund as well as being a member of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Finance.

Peter Troughton is a current member of Council, served as Chair of Council from 2006 until 2014 and was appointed Pro-Chancellor in 2013. He was awarded the CBE in 2016 for services to business, education and culture.