Bob Davies (businessman)

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Robert J. Davies (born 12 October 1948) was the chief executive of Arriva PLC from 1998 to 2006.


Davies attended King Edward VII School (photo) in Sheffield before graduating with a law degree from Edinburgh University.[1] He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds an honorary doctorate (LLD) from the University of Sunderland.


  • Joined Ford as a financial analyst in 1970 and held a range of positions in Britain, Spain and the US;
  • 1985 director, Coopers & Lybrand;
  • 1987 chief financial officer, Waterford Wedgwood;
  • 1991 finance director, Ferranti International;
  • 1994 finance director, East Midlands Electricity;
  • 1997 chief executive, East Midlands Electricity;
  • 1998 chief executive, Arriva (rtd Apr 2006);[1]
  • 2003–2009 Chairman of Governors, University of Sunderland
  • 2004-to date Non-Executive Director Barratt Developments PLC[2]
  • 2006–2008 Chairman of Biffa plc;
  • 2006–2009 Independent Non-executive Director, British Energy PLC.
  • appointed HRH Ambassador for the North East in June 2006.
  • 2007–2008 Chairman NE Region CBI
  • 2008–2010 Non-Executive Director Northern Rock Plc
  • 2010 – to date Chairman Euroports Holdings Sarl
  • July 2012 – appointed Chairman of Home Group[3]

Professional interests[edit]

Chairman of the Board of Governors at Sunderland University; Chairman of the CBI North East Region


He is married to Eileen and together they have one son.