Sir David Bell

Chair of Council

Sir David Bell was appointed as Chair of Council in August 2008 and sits on the Nominations and Governance Committee as well as the Remuneration Committee and the Joint Honorary Awards Committee.

Sir David Bell

Sir David is a non-executive director of the Economist. He retired as a director of Pearson plc and Chairman of the Financial Times at the end of 2009 after 13 years on the Board.

David was appointed Chief Executive of the Financial Times in 1993 and became Chairman in 1996. In July 1998 he was also appointed Pearson's Director for People with responsibility for the recruitment, motivation, development and reward of employees across the Pearson Group and in June 2003 he became Chairman of Pearson Inc in New York.

In addition to this he is Chairman of Sadler's Wells, Chair of Council at the University of Roehampton, Chairman of the London Transport Museum, Chairman of the Transformation Trust, Chairman of Rare Recruitment and Chair of The Institute of War & Peace Reporting Europe. He is also a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Common Purpose and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre and the Finance Committee of Cambridge University Press.

David was also Chairman of the Millennium Bridge Trust (1995-2002), responsible for conceiving the first new bridge across Thames in the centre of London for 100 years.

David was born in Henfield, Sussex, and educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is married with three children and lives in Islington.

David received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity. He was appointed as an assessor for the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press in July 2011.