Our Patron


  Home Tour  


Lady Peggy Cater




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.

The 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.







Message to the ROA




Throughout his 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 this”.


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. 


In February 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 tremendous pride. 


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. 


                                                                                                     September  2011












繼續被受尊重。以他們的知識及經驗,當可為香港及其所屬地方的社會 ,繼續發熱發光。





 Last modified    最近更新 :      2020年04月08日