Sir Howard Davies is an Economist and Author who is the current Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the former Director of the London School of Economics.
Prior to his LSE position, Sir Howard was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the UK’s single financial regulator in 1998.
Davies had previously served for two years as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England 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.
He had previously worked at the Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including two years as Private Secretary to the British Ambassador in Paris.
Sir Howard was chairman of the UK Airports Commission between 2012 and 2015.
Other appointments include
- Independent Director of Prudential plc and chair of the Risk Committee
- Member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Board of Millennium Management LLC
- Chair of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission
- Member of the International Advisory Council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission
Sir Howard Davies was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford, where he gained an MA in history and modern languages.
In 1979 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and in 1980 took an MSc in management sciences at Stanford Graduate School of Business, California.
As an author, his books include:
- The Chancellors’ Tales
- Global Financial Regulation: The Essential Guide
- Banking on the Future
- The Financial Crisis – Who is to Blame?