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Peter Wilson-Smith

Founder and CEO, Meritus Consultants

Peter Wilson-Smith is founder and CEO of Meritus Consultants, a strategic communications consultancy that advises clients on engaging with government, policymakers and the media. He has worked extensively with clients in the financial sector as well as advising individuals, companies, regulatory bodies, educational establishments and trade associations. In 2017, he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to City PR and Communications Award from the Public Relations and Communications Association in the UK. Before founding Meritus, he spent a decade at a leading public affairs and strategic communications consultancy firm, following a career in journalism and publishing. He was one of the founders, Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of Financial News which was sold to the Wall Street Journal. He spent five years at the BBC, also worked as a Financial and Banking Editor on The Independent, Daily Telegraph and The Times. Educated at St Catherine's College, Oxford with an MA in English Literature, he is on the governing council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and chairman of the Oxford School of Drama. A former trustee and member of the investment committee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, he is a member of the board of Salzburg Global Seminar.