New Lay Bencher Peter Lloyd

Peter LloydYou might think that, because Peter Lloyd has spent the better part of his life working as an accountant, his life revolves around numbers. To be sure there are numbers. Important ones: 42 years of marriage, three grown children and three grandchildren. But it’s water that has served as a dominant theme running through his entire life. He lives on an island — Vancouver Island, in Sidney to be specific. He grew up on an island — in England, near London to be specific. He is an avid powerboater and is chair of a society with the mission of bringing an aquarium to the shores of the Victoria area. So perhaps there is no irony in the fact that it was water that nearly drove Lloyd back to his native England.

Lloyd moved to Vancouver with his wife, Gwen — whom he met as a teenager at a high school dance — and their young son in the summer of 1970. The city put on a beautiful show, charming as it is in the summer months, with crisp blue skies, the sparkling ocean and the jagged mountains that serve as the skyline’s crowning glory. Then November rolled around, and Lloyd witnessed rain on each calendar day, which caused him to reflect that, “contrary to popular belief, even in Britain there aren’t any months where it rains every day,” he said. “We probably would have gone back to London at that point, except that by then we’d spent the money we would have needed to travel, so we stayed.”

And so it was that Lloyd embarked on a long career in BC as an accountant, working in both Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He retired in 2004, and since then he and his wife have “never been busier.” When he made the decision to leave the work force full-time, he tried to phase himself out of some of his volunteer positions, leaving various boards of directors. But somehow he found himself replacing those directorships with new ones, and this year he joined the Law Society’s directors’ table as a Lay Bencher. Given his obvious skill set, the Benchers were quick to ask him to sit on the Finance Committee. He is also on the Practice Standards Committee.

Of his role as a Lay Bencher, Lloyd said, “I’m encouraged to see that the Lay Benchers generally come from different backgrounds so they can bring different things to bear. I hope I’ll bring the perspective of a reasonably informed business person to the matters that the Benchers will deal with.” Of lawyers and the Law Society, Lloyd observed, “if there is a thing that marks out a profession from a trade it is the concept that you’re there to serve the public interest as well as the interest of the members. I am very impressed with the dedication of the Benchers. I see that they are genuinely working in the public interest. And I hope I can help with that by bringing my perspective to the table.”

Peter Lloyd – curriculum vitae

Professional designations and memberships:

  • Appointed Lay Bencher, 2008, member of Practice Standards and Finance Committees
  • FCA (Fellowship of Chartered Accountants), Chartered Accountant — retired office managing partner with Grant Thornton, Victoria
  • Member, Accounting Policy Advisory Board for BC Ministry of Finance
  • Life Member/Past Director, Canadian Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals Association

Government task forces:

  • Past member, Joint Committee on Bankruptcy (federal)
  • Past member, Minister’s Panel on Contaminated Sites Legislation (provincial)

Community affiliations:

  • Chair of New Marine Centre Society, Sidney
  • Director, Silverhill Foundation
  • Director of Administration, Victoria 2000 Summer Games Society
  • Past Director and Treasurer, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
  • Past Chair, Camosun College
  • Past Chair, Queen Margaret’s School, Duncan