Howard Davies
Director, London School of Economics

Howard Davies is the director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to his current appointment he was chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the UK's single financial regulator since 1998.

Howard Davies served for two years as deputy governor of the Bank of England which followed after three years as director general of the Confederation of British Industry. From 1987 to 1992 he was controller of the Audit Commission. From 1982 to 1987 he worked for McKinsey & Company in London and during 1985 -1986 was seconded to the Treasury as special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, where he previously worked at the Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including two years as private secretary to the British Ambassador in Paris.

Howard Davies was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford, where he earned an MA in history and modern languages. In 1979 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and in 1980 he earned an MS in management sciences from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Between 2002 and June of 2010 he was a trustee of the Tate. He is a member of the governing body of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2004 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Merton College. In 2004 he joined the board of Morgan Stanley as a non-executive director. He was appointed to the Board of Paternoster in 2006 as a non-executive director, and chaired the Man Booker Prize in 2007. In 2009 he became an advisor to the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore. In October 2010 he was appointed to the board of Prudential as a nonexecutive director.

In 2006 he edited and introduced The Chancellor's Tales on British economic policy from 1975 to 2000. In 2008 he jointly authored Global Financial Regulation: The Essential Guide with David Green. His third book, Banking on the Future: The Fall and Rise of Central Banking also with David Green, was published in April 2010. His latest book, The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame?, was published in July 2010

Howard Davies is married with two sons and lives in London. In his spare time he likes to watch his football team, Manchester City, and regularly plays cricket.

Source: Biography provided by the Office of Howard Davies