David Simon, Baron Simon of Highbury

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The Lord Simon of Highbury
Member of the House of Lords
In office
16 May 1997 – 9 June 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Personal details
David Alec Gwyn Simon

(1939-07-24) 24 July 1939 (age 82)
Political partyLabour
Alma mater

David Alec Gwyn Simon, Baron Simon of Highbury CBE (born 24 July 1939) is a British businessman.

Simon was educated at Christ's Hospital school, Horsham, West Sussex.[1] He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1961 and joined British Petroleum as a management trainee, became chief executive of BP Oil International in 1982, managing director of BP in 1986, chief executive of BP from 1992 to 1995 and chairman from 1995 to 1997.

In the early years of his career he spent some time at the elite business school INSEAD. He became Advisor to Unilever and was Chairman of the Belgo-British Conference in 2004.

When Labour won the 1997 elections, he was appointed Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe. Simon had been an industrialist for many years.

Simon was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1991 New Year Honours[2] and knighted in 1995.[3] He was created a life peer as Baron Simon of Highbury, of Canonbury in the London Borough of Islington on 16 May 1997.[4]

He was conferred as an Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent's University London on 26 June 2014.[5]

He retired from the House of Lords on 9 June 2017.[6]


  1. ^ Davidson, Andrew (1 July 2005). "UK: THE DAVIDSON INTERVIEW - DAVID SIMON". www.managementtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "No. 52382". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1990. p. 9.
  3. ^ "No. 54287". The London Gazette. 12 January 1996. p. 572.
  4. ^ "No. 54771". The London Gazette. 21 May 1997. p. 5973.
  5. ^ "Regent's University London".
  6. ^ "Lord Simon of Highbury". UK Parliament.

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Business positions
Preceded by Chief Executive of BP
Succeeded by
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
Baron Simon of Highbury
Followed by
The Lord Hardie