Sir David Bell is a non executive director of the Economist,
chairman of Sadlers Wells, the University of Roehampton, Crisis,
Common Purpose, the London Transport Museum, the Media Standards
Trust, the Transformation Trust, the Institute of War and Peace
Reporting and the Walpole Committee.
He also serves on the boards of the International Youth
Foundation, Plan International, and Silatech and is a trustee of
the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation and a member of
the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.
David was Chairman of the Financial Times from 1996 until his
retirement at the end of 2009 and served on the board of Pearson
plc for thirteen years until May 2009. Until his retirement
David also served as Chairman of Pearson Inc. and as Pearson's
Director for People with responsibility for the company's 36,000
people in 61 countries.
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 educated at Cambridge University and the University of
Pennsylvania. He received his knighthood for services to industry,
the arts and charity.