David Rowe-Beddoe, Baron Rowe-Beddoe

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David Sydney Rowe-Beddoe, Baron Rowe-Beddoe DL (born 19 December 1937) is a Welsh businessman, a life peer and a crossbench member of the House of Lords.[1][2][3][4] Lord Rowe-Beddoe is a former chairman of the Welsh Development Agency, and was chairman of Cardiff Airport until November 2016.[5]

Early life[edit]

David Rowe-Beddoe is the son of Sydney Rowe-Beddoe and Dolan Evans.[2]

Rowe-Beddoe's early education was at The Cathedral School, Llandaff near Cardiff in Wales where he won the Victor Ludorum in 1951. His education continued at Stowe School at Buckingham, Buckinghamshire in England.[2] He also attended St John's College, Cambridge, UK.[6]

In 1964, Rowe-Beddoe married Malinda Collison, and the union produced three daughters. The couple were divorced in 1982. He remarried in 1984 and his wife is the former Madeleine Harrison.[2]


Rowe-Beddoe's career in business began at Thomas De La Rue in 1961; and he rose to the position of Chief Executive from 1971 through 1976. At Revlon, he was President, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1976 through 1981. He also served as President, Morgan Stanley-GFTA Ltd from 1983 through 1991.[7]

Rowe-Beddoe was known as a Monaco-based businessman and a Tory party fund-raiser when an opportunity arose for him to be appointed to a Welsh quango;[8] and that opportunity led to others. Rowe-Beddoe was appointed chairman of the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) in July 1993; and the term of this appointment was nine years.[9] In part because of his WDA service, he was invested as a Knight Bachelor in 2000.[2][10][11]

In 2001, Sir David Rowe-Beddoe was appointed the Chairman of the Wales Millennium Centre; and he remains in this post today.[12]

In 2004, Sir David Rowe-Beddoe was appointed President of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama having previously been a Governor and Chairman of the Board.

In 2005, he received the Beacon Prize for Wales for his contribution to the economic and social development of Wales.[13]

On 15 June 2006, he was created a life peer as Baron Rowe-Beddoe, of Kilgetty in the County of Dyfed.[14][15]

In April 2007, Lord Rowe-Beddoe was created Pro-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan.

Lord Rowe-Beddoe is a former Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority[16] who held responsibility for the governance of the Office for National Statistics.



Coat of arms of David Rowe-Beddoe, Baron Rowe-Beddoe
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Coronet of a Baron
A demi Roebuck Gules attired Or and supporting a Welsh Triple Harp Or
Gules Papillonny Or on a Pale Argent a Pallet Gules
On either side a Dragon reguardant Gules anciently crowned and gorged with a plain Collar attached thereto a Chain reflexed over the back Or
The grantee was Chairman of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His connection with music and the theatre is reflected in the Arms where the papillonny suggests theatre seats, the pale and pallet forming a central red-carpeted aisle. The dragons and the Welsh triple harps are an obvious allusion to Wales and music with the roebuck providing a pun on Rowe.


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  4. ^ UK Parliament website: Archived 2 August 2002 at the Wayback Machine House of Lords, Minutes of Proceedings, 20 July 2006.
  5. ^ "Cardiff Airport deal: New flights 'key to success'". BBC News website. BBC. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  6. ^ Burkes Peerage, Rowe-Beddoe.
  7. ^ Wales Millennium Centre: Archived 16 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine Rowe-Beddow bio. Archived 25 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Jones, Bill. Political Issues in Britain Today, p. 290.
  9. ^ Jones, Robert. "Changing chairs; Face-to-Face with Sir David Rowe-Beddoe," Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). 29 December 2001.
  10. ^ "No. 55879". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 June 2000. p. 1.
  11. ^ "No. 56136". The London Gazette. 2 March 2001. p. 2633.
  12. ^ Rowe-Beddoe biography, Beacon Fellowship
  13. ^ Beacon Prize for Wales 2004, Beacon Fellowship
  14. ^ "No. 58024". The London Gazette. 21 June 2006. p. 8459.
  15. ^ "Baronies, Baron Rowe-Beddoe," The Times (London). 8 July 2006.
  16. ^ UK Statistics Authority Archived 28 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Cardiff, Honorary fellow.
  18. ^ Wales, Honorary degree.
  19. ^ Embassy of Japan in the U.K.: "Japanese Government honors Lord David Sydney Rowe-Beddoe," 18 December 2008.