David French (charity administrator)

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David French (born 20 June 1947) was chief executive officer of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, (2003 to 2009), an agency of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office set up to promote democratic development overseas.

Early life[edit]

French was educated in Dorset at Sherborne School, and graduated with a BA in politics, sociology and psychology from St John's College, Durham.


Beginning his career in the commercial sector with Courages, the brewers, he then moved in 1971 to the National Council of Social Service. He became, in 1974, head of social services at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People. In 1978 he was appointed Director of Services for the Church of England Children's Society and, in 1987, Chief Executive of RELATE.[1] From 1997 until 2002 he was Director General of the Commonwealth Institute.

He was appointed Chair of Y Care International in 2016.


  1. ^ Formerly the National Marriage Guidance Council 1992, Debrett's People of Today ISBN 1-870520-09-2