Sir David Bell was appointed as Roehampton’s Chair of Council in 2008. A non-executive director of The Economist, he retired as a director of Pearson plc and Chairman of the Financial Times at the end of 2009, after 13 years on the board.
Among many other roles, Sir David is Chairman of Sadler’s Wells, Chairman of the London Transport Museum, Chair of The Institute of War & Peace Reporting Europe and a former Chairman of the Millennium Bridge Trust. He is also a trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and of Common Purpose, and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.
Sir David received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity. He was appointed as an assessor for the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.