David Verey

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Sir David John Verey CBE (born 1950) is an English banker and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Verey was born on 8 December 1950.[1] He went to school at Eton College[2] and later received a Master of Arts degree in English from Trinity College, Cambridge.[2][3]


He started his career in finance at Lazard in 1972.[1][2][3][4] In 1983 he was appointed to its Board of Directors.[1][2][3][4] He became Deputy Chief Executive in 1985 and Chief Executive in 1990.[1][2][3][4] He was its Chairman from 1990 to 2001.[1][2][3][4] From 2001 to 2002, he was Deputy Chairman of Cazenove, a British stock broker and investment firm.[1] He is now Senior Adviser at Lazard.[1][3][4]

From 1996 to 2000 he was on the Board of Directors of Pearson PLC.[1][3][4] From 2004 to 2008 he was Chairman of Blackstone Group UK.[1][2][3][4] From 2004 to 2009 he was a Senior Advisor to FreshMinds, a recruitment and research consultancy firm.[3] From 2009 to 2012 he was a non-executive director of LMS Capital, a private equity firm, and from 2010 to 2011, of Thames River Capital.[3][4][5] He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Daily Mail and General Trust, Sofina and Bank Gutmann.[1][3][4][5]

Public service[edit]

He is Lead Non-Executive Director in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.[2][3][4] From September 2013 he will be Chairman of the Government Art Collection Advisory Committee.[citation needed]


From 1992 to 2004 he was on the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery, and from 1998 to 2003, he served as the Chairman of its Board of Trustees.[3][4] He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ArtFund since 2004.[3][4] He is on the Boards of the Teaching Awards Trust and the Pilgrim Trust.[3] He was a Fellow of his alma mater, Eton College, from 1997 to 2012, where he gave funds to create the Verey Gallery, which is named in his honour.[1][3][4][6] He is also a member of the Trinity, Cambridge Finance Committee and the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee.[3][4] He is an honorary fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford.[3] In 2004 he was made a CBE for his philanthropy to the arts.[1][3][4]

He was knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to arts philanthropy as chair of the Art Fund.[7][8]