Sir David Bell

We are very proud to count among the charity's friends Sir David and Lady (Primrose) Bell, who have been brilliant supporters of ours for a couple of years now.  

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 thirteen 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 & 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, Roehampton University, Chairman of the London Transport Museum, Chairman of the Transformation Trust, Chairman, Rare Recruitment, Chair of Bath Mozartfest, Chair of Cambridge University Press, and Chair of The Institute of War & Peace Reporting Europe.  He is President of Coram and is also a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Pearson Group Pension, Cornerstone Property Assets, the Bureau for Investigative Journalism and Girl Hub and is a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.

From 2011-12 he was an Assessor on the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the 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, born 30.9.46 in Henfield, Sussex was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania, is married with three children and lives in Islington.

David received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity.

Sir David Bell