Sir David Bell

Board Member and Executive Committee Member

Sir David BellSir David Bell became a Director of Pearson in March 1996. He is Chairman of the Financial Times Group, having been Chief Executive of the Financial Times since 1993. In July 1998 he was 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 also became Chairman of Pearson Inc in New York.

In addition to this, he is a Non-Executive Director of The Economist, The Windmill Partnership, Chairman: Common Purpose International, Chairman of Crisis, Chairman of Sadler’s Wells, Chairman, The Institute of War & Peace Reporting Europe, a member of the International Youth Foundation Board, a Patron of the Ambache Chamber Orchestra, a trustee of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation {CSFI} and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.

Sir Bell 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.

Sir Bell 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.

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