Piers is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Following his admission to membership of the Institute, Piers became a partner in the London practice of Maw Temple Gothard in 1973, which merged with Touche Ross in 1985, and subsequently with Deloittes in 1989, to become Deloitte & Touche LLP. Piers served as an audit partner, based in London, throughout his professional career and from 1975 his client portfolio included several prominent artists and organisations within the media and entertainment industry. He was Chairman of his firm’s media and entertainment group from 1987 to 1992 and continued to specialise in this sector until his retirement from professional practice in 2003. Piers is currently Chairman of the Stratford-upon-Avon International Flute Festival, of which he has been a board member since 2003.