Pratap Shirke studied for a degree at the College of Engineering in Pune, later obtaining a Masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. He also gained a MBA from Stanford and served on the Advisory Board of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business between 1991 and 2000.
Having started his business career in the construction industry in Dubai, Pratap moved to the UK after ten years where he has developed businesses in construction, hotels and shipping. Pratap serves as a non-executive Board member of various companies in the UK and India.
Pratap is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. His three daughters attended Sevenoaks and he served on the Governing Body from 2007 until 2018.