Lindsay Knight was born and educated in Wellington and began his career with the Reserve Bank in 1948. In 1965, Mr Knight was appointed Deputy Chief Economist and in 1967, became Deputy Chief Cashier.
From 1970-1973, he represented Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as Executive Director at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) in Washington, DC. On his return to New Zealand in 1973, Mr Knight was appointed Chief Cashier, a position he held for four years before becoming Assistant Governor in 1977. From 1979-1981, Mr Knight served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea under the International Monetary Fund's technical assistance programme.
In 1981, he returned to New Zealand to his position as Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank. Lindsay Knight was later appointed Deputy Governor before retiring from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in late 1990. Mr Knight passed away on 6 March 2002.