Peter Knight

Finance Director

Peter Knight

Pete has extensive experience in both the education and charity sectors.  Pete was Head of Finance and Administration with Kumon Educational for seven years during which there was significant growth in student numbers in the UK.  Whilst with Kumon Pete opened a branch in Athens, Greece and spent time as Interim General Manager of Kumon Deutschland.

Pete has been involved in charity finance since 2013 and has held senior positions with community development charity Locality and the disability charity Scope.

More recently Pete has been Finance Director with WDP (now Via), Mercy Ships and Kidney Research UK. 

Pete was with the Varkey Foundation from February 2016 to October 2019 and rejoined in May 2023.

Having implemented the Finance Journey, a leadership tool for finance teams, during his first stint at the Varkey Foundation Pete went on to co-author the Finance Journey 2 with its original author, Simon Hopkins and Dan Haigh. It is a key publication of the Charity Finance Group (CFG)  and underpins its Inspiring Financial Leadership programme, of which Pete is an alumni. 

Pete is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and has an MBA.  He is also an accredited personal performance and youth impact coach and a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and has coached many young people both independently and on the Uprising programme founded by the Young Foundation.