Terrence Perera attended Holy Cross College and the University of Ceylon in Sri Lanka. He is also a Chartered Accountant.
As a Chartered Accountant, he worked extensively in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe he was the Financial Director of The Cementation Company (Zimbabwe) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Trafalgar House Group, London.
In Zimbabwe he also turned Horticulturist and grew roses, for export to Europe, in a metal, plastic-covered greenhouse of extent one full hectare!
He was also a keen Lawn Bowls player and took part in Zimbabwe National Bowls Tournaments.
He is now an author and has written four books. His first book, “Sri Lankan and Zimbabwean Memories”, is a collection of autobiographical reminiscences. His second book, “Hernando Villa: A Sri Lankan Love Story”, is a novel. His third book, “Turmoil at the Villa” is the sequel to “Hernando Villa”. His fourth book, "Unsuitable Boys!", is also a novel with a Sri Lankan background.
Terrence Perera is married and he and his wife, Myrna, have one son, two daughters and five grandchildren.