Peggy, sometime staff member of the BBC, married Sir Jack
Cater in 1950. Sir Jack
was the founding Commissioner of the
Independent Commission Against Corruption, the world’s most
reputable anti-corruption body.
The early days saw much hostility against the
Commission and even against Sir Jack himself. Peggy as
dedicated homemaker was a tower of strength, making it
possible for Sir Jack to commit himself totally to leading
the combat against corruption.
Sir Jack went on to be Hong Kong's Chief
Secretary and Acting Governor. In these capacities,
Peggy was a gracious lady of the house while attending to
the well-being, education and development of their children.
couple love Hong Kong as home and spent many decades here
before retiring to Britain. While here,
she was active in community service. She is now in
retirement in Guernsey, where she has set up a charity in
aid of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers.
career Jack Cater dealt determinedly with corruption
wherever he found it. As corruption became more and
more prevalent in Hong Kong during the late ‘60s and early
‘70s he made great efforts to bring to the attention of the
Government authorities the danger of the rapidly growing
menace. As a result of public outcries (largely
occasioned by the corrupt practices of a senior European
Police Officer having been brought to light) the Governor,
Sir Murray Maclehose, eventually decided he must act.
He went to Jack and entreated him with the words:
“There is no one else who can cope with this and I beg you,
in the public interest, to take on the task of beating
Thus in the
autumn of 1973 work began secretly to recruit and to set up
a structure for the incipient Independent Commission Against
Corruption with a Commissioner to report solely to the
Governor. The structure would mount a three-pronged
attack: operational, the elimination of possible
corruption opportunities and public education. It
would concentrate not only on Government Departments
including the (then Royal) Hong Kong Police Force but also
on statutory bodies such as the Universities, the (Royal)
Hong Kong Jockey Club and business in general.
1974 the ICAC officially started work, and the rest is
history. Now, in 2011, I look back on the years of
endeavor; of success and of Jack’s pioneering of a way of
life (later copied by many in other parts of the world) with
He worked to
create, guide and encourage honesty and a corruption-free
society and I know that Hong Kong owes him a debt of
gratitude which cannot be repaid except by honouring his
memory and holding loyally to the vital and high aspirations
of the Commission, an entity of which he was so very proud.
The officers who have served throughout past years have done
a splendid job and in retirement should continue to feel
that their work is held in high esteem. Any contribution
they can make, with their background knowledge and
experience, to the well being of the community of Hong Kong
and beyond can be of great value.