Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change
Simon is a senior investment banking executive with extensive general management, project finance, venture capital and real estate expertise. He has worked in various senior banking and corporate roles, creating and managing businesses across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. He is a long-standing senior consultant at Value Retail, PLC, the global luxury retail outlet, and also serves as chair of Rivercourt Homes, Ltd, a residential property management firm. He has previously held long-standing positions as regional managing director for real estate finance at Royal Bank of Scotland, global banking and markets division, and assistant director at N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Ltd.
Appointed: 29 June 2018
Until his retirement in 2009, Sir David was chair of Pearson, Inc, and chairman of the Financial Times Newspaper Group. David is also a non-executive director of The Economist, the Vitec Group, plc and The Windmill Partnership. His not-for-profit roles include chairmanships of Common Purpose International, Crisis, Sadler's Wells and the International Youth Foundation. From 1995-2002, David served as chair of the Millennium Bridge Trust, which was responsible for conceiving the first new bridge across the Thames in the centre of London for 100 years. Educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania, David began his career as a journalist and editor with the Financial Times, serving as Washington correspondent and managing editor, and launching the international edition of the FT. David is currently serving as an Assessor on the Leveson Inquiry, established by the UK Prime Minister to look into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.
Appointed: 25 April 2006
IWPR in the News
‘Thanks to the internet, journalists can now sit in a tent near the front line and talk to colleagues half a world away’
By Gillian Tett