David Edmonds

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For the British philosopher, see David Edmonds (philosopher).

David Albert Edmonds CBE (born 6 March 1944) is a British businessman, civil servant and administrator, From 2008-2014 he was chair of the Legal Services Board, the over-arching regulator for legal services in England and Wales. He is Chairman of NHS Shared Business Services (2004-),Chairman of E20 LLP, the joint venture converting the London Olympic Stadium, and Chairman of the Board of Kingston University.He is a Board Member of Barchester Healthcare, and a Board Member of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

The son of Albert and Gladys Edmonds of Kingsley, Cheshire, he was educated at Helsby Grammar School and the University of Keele. He was a civil servant from 1966 to 1974 before becoming a visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. Returning to the British civil service in 1975, from 1979 until 1983 he was Principal Private Secretary to Michael Heseltine, Secretary of State for the Environment. After a year as Under Secretary for Inner City Policy, he became chief executive of the Housing Corporation from 1984 to 1991. He was deputy chairman of the board of the New Statesman and Society from 1988 to 1990. He became a managing director within NatWest Group in 1991. He was Director General of Oftel from 1998 to 2003 and chair of NHS Direct from 2004 until 2008.[1] He was appointed as chairman of the Legal Services Board on 17 May 2008.[2] He was Chairman of Wincanton PLC from 2008 until 2011, having joined that Board in 2005.

He was a board member of Hammerson plc (2003-2011), a Legal Services Commissioner (2004-2008), and a founder member of the Ofcom Board (2003-2005). He was a Board member of William Hill plc (2005-2014).,.[1] He is a Governor of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire

He was the Chairman of the charity Crisis (1994–1999), and a member of the Council of Keele University (1996–2004).[1]

He married Ruth Beech in 1966 and the couple have two sons, two daughters and 11 grandchildren. He lists his recreations as opera, golf, walking, cycling and supporting Fulham F.C..[1] He is President of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club.



  1. ^ a b c d e Debrett (2008)
  2. ^ a b "Jack Straw appoints first chair of Legal Services Board". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 


  • EDMONDS, David Albert. (2008). In Debrett's People of Today 2008. London: Debrett's Peerage