David Robert Ford

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Sir David Robert Ford KBE, LVO (Chinese: 霍德爵士) (born 22 February 1935), was the fifth and the last non-Chinese Chief Secretary of Hong Kong. He initiated the planning for Hong Kong's new international airport at Chek Lap Kok in 1989.

Ford served in the British Army (Royal Artillery and Commando Brigade) and retired as a Major in 1972. Other than service in Hong Kong, Ford also spent time in the Northern Ireland office.

Ford served as Hong Kong Commissioner in London 1980–1981 and again from 1994–1997.

Ford has left Hong Kong and splits his time between Devon and London.

Sir David's wife was a founder and subsequently patron of the Hong Kong Children's Cancer Foundation from 1988 to 1992. He is also chair of the board of UK Broadband, a wireless broadband service provider.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
John Martin Rowlands
Secretary for the Civil Service
Succeeded by
Harnam Singh Grewal
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir David Akers-Jones
Chief Secretary of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Anson Chan