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Howard Davies, Sir

Economic Commentator & Business Speaker, Former Director of The London School of Economics

Howard Davies was Director of the London School of Economics from 2003 to 2011.

From 1997-2003 he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the single regulator for the UK financial sector, which was created under his leadership from nine separate regulatory agencies.

From 1995-1997 he was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.  Before that, from 1992-95 he was Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry and, from 1987-92, Controller of the Audit Commission.  He was also, for six years, a director of GKN plc and a member of the International Advisory Board of Natwest.

In his earlier career he worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and H M Treasury, both as an official and as special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and for five years he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey and Co. Inc.

Howard Davies was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Merton College, where he took an MA in History and French.  In 1979 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and in 1980 gained an MSc in Management Science at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Throughout his career he has written widely for publication, reviewing fiction for the Literary Review and The Times, historical and economics books for the Economist, The Times, the TLS and the Times Higher, among other publications. He writes regularly for the Financial Times. He has lectured extensively at home and overseas and is a regular participant in the World Economic Forum in Davos.

He is a Trustee of the Tate, a member of the governing body of the Royal Academy of Music; Patron of Working Families; and in 2004 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Merton College. Since 2003 he has been a member of the International Advisory council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission. In 2004 he joined the board of Morgan Stanley as a non-executive director, and in 2006 joined the Board of Paternoster plc, a new insurance company.  In 2009 he became an advisor to the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore.

In 2006 he edited and introduced ‘The Chancellors’ Tales’ (Polity Press) a book on British economic policy from 1975 to 2000.  In 2007 he chaired the judges for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. With David Green he has co-authored 'Global Financial Regulation: The Essential Guide’ and 'Banking on the Future'.

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