David Bell (publisher)

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Bell at Financial Times 125th Anniversary Party, London

Sir David Charles Maurice Bell[1] (born 30 September 1946[2]) is a former Director for People at Pearson Group[3] and a former Chairman of the Financial Times (1996 to 2009).[4][5] In November 2012 he became Chair of the Syndicate of Cambridge University Press.

Background and personal life[edit]

Born in Henfield,[6] Sir David was educated at Worth School.[7] He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University.[6][8]

He is married with three children.[8]


Having worked at the Oxford Mail (1970 - 1972), Bell became a news editor at the Financial Times in 1978.[2] He rose to Managing Editor (1985 - 1989) before moving to the business side, initially as marketing director (1989 - 1993).[2][9] He became Chief Executive in 1993 and Chairman in 1996.[9] He was appointed Director for People at Pearson Group in 1998 and Chairman of Pearson in 2003.[3][4][5][9][10][11]

In November 2012 he became Chair of the Syndicate of Cambridge University Press.


As Chairman of the UK's Millennium Bridge Trust (1995 - 2002)[4][12] David Bell signed off London's Millennium Bridge,[6] which he could see from his office window at the FT.

He is Chair of the Media Standards Trust,[13] which helps to administer the Orwell Prize.[14]

He is a director of ImagineNations, where he is also Secretary and Treasurer.[15]

He is a Governor at Worth School, a Catholic independent school in Sussex.

Sir David is Chair of Council at Roehampton University.[8]

Sir David is International Chair of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, iwpr.net.

Sir David is also Chairman of Sadler's Wells.[16]

Sir David is a trustee of Common Purpose UK.[4][6]

Sir David was chairman of Crisis UK for 10 years until 2012.[17]

Sir David is an assessor on the Leveson Inquiry.[9]

Sir David Bell has been appointed as the non-executive chair of the steering committee driving the development of the National Equality Standard


Sir David was made a Knight Bachelor for services to industry, the arts and charity[1][6][18] in the Queen's 2004 birthday honours.[1][19][20]

In 2007, Sir David was awarded an honorary degree from City University London.[21]


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  2. ^ a b c Debretts, Sir David Bell
  3. ^ a b Progress Report 2008, Pearson, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  4. ^ a b c d Sir David Bell, Common Purpose, retrieved 20 April 2010 
  5. ^ a b Sir David Bell, LES50NS, 9 May 2000, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  6. ^ a b c d e Sir David Bell, Chairman of the Executive Committee, silatech.com, retrieved 19 May 2013 
  7. ^ Worth, guidetoindependentschools.com, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  8. ^ a b c Sir David Bell, Roehampton University, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  9. ^ a b c d levesoninquiry.org.uk, Sir David Bell
  10. ^ Environment 2008, Pearson, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  11. ^ Jagran, Dainik (28 June 2004), On Record, afaqs.com, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  12. ^ Queen dedicates Millennium Bridge, BBC News, 9 May 2000, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  13. ^ The Pearson Debate, Pearson, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  14. ^ Who's Who, The Orwell Prize, archived from the original on 7 July 2009, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  15. ^ , silatech.com http://www.imaginenations.org/bios/david_bell.aspx, retrieved 19 April 2010  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Board members, Sadler's Wells, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  17. ^ "National Grid Chief Executive joins Crisis as new chairman" (Press release). Crisis. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Knights Bachelor (PDF), nationalarchives.gov.uk, retrieved 20 April 2010 [permanent dead link]
  19. ^ Newsletter Spring 2005 (PDF), Trinity Hall, Cambridge, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  20. ^ PMS Honours Briefing - 11 June, Number 10, 11 June 2004, retrieved 19 April 2010 
  21. ^ Annual Review 2006/7 (PDF), City University London, retrieved 19 April 2010