Sir David Bell

Sir David Bell

Sir David Bell 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 joined the FT from the Oxford Mail ending up as Managing Editor. After moving to the business side of the paper he was appointed Chief Executive 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.

He resigned as chair of the Media Standards Trust on being appointed an assessor for the Leveson Inquiry. He remains Chairman of Sadler’s Wells, Chair of Council at Roehampton University, Chairman of Crisis, Chairman of Common Purpose, Chairman of the Transformation Trust and Chair of The Institute of War & Peace Reporting Europe. He is also a member of the International Youth Foundation Board, a member of Plan UK’s Board, a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the not for profit Bureau for Investigative Journalism, and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.

Declaration (PDF, 11KB)

Letter of Appointment (PDF, 200KB)