Businessman, art collector and philanthropist, Sir Peter Moores came to Warwick to receive an Honorary Degree in 2011.
He is the son of Sir John Moores, founder of the Liverpool-based Littlewoods Football Pools, of which Sir Peter was Chairman from 1977 to 1980, and a director until 1993. In 1964, he set up the Peter Moores Foundation – a charitable foundation to support opera, the visual arts, education, youth, health and environmental projects. Examples of such support include scholarships for promising young opera singers; the establishment in 1994 of the Transatlantic Slave Gallery in the Merseyside Maritime Museum (so successful that it has now been expanded to form the new International Slavery Museum); the establishment of the Chair of Management Studies at Oxford in 1992, and enabling the expansion of the British Museum’s work in presenting Asian culture, supporting an exhibition of Hindu art, and loaning several rare Chinese archaic bronzes.
In 1993, the Foundation bought Compton Verney in Warwickshire and restored it to make a gallery that holds six permanent collections as well as hosting international exhibitions.
He spoke to us about his illustrious career