Sir David Lees – President of Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra
Sir David Lees has kindly accepted the orchestra’s invitation to take up the position of President. This will last for a 3 year duration, renewable by both parties every 3 year term.
Director of three FTSE 100 Index companies . . . former head of the CBI’s economic affairs committee . . . and until summer 2014, was chairman of the Bank of England’s court.
Despite having officially ‘retired’, in 2014 long-time Shropshire resident Sir David added chairing the advisory board which helped to shape the University Centre of Shrewsbury.
Sir David Lees was educated at Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey. He trained as a Chartered Accountant and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1962. Prior to joining Binder Hamlyn he was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery from 1955-57. From 1964-68 Sir David was Chief Accountant at Handley Page Limited. Sir David joined the GKN Group in 1970 as Chief Accountant at GKN Sankey Limited, becoming Director, Secretary, Controller from 1973-76.
He moved to GKN pic as Group Finance Executive in 1976, becoming Finance Director in 1982. He became Chairman and Chief Executive in May 1988. He retired as Chief Executive at the end of 1996 but continued as Chairman until May 2004. Sir David became Chairman of Tate & Lyle PLC in October 1998 and retired in July 2009. In August 2005 he was appointed a Non-Executive Director of QinetiQ Group pic and was appointed Deputy Chairman in September 2005 retiring in January 2012. In June 2009 Sir David was appointed Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England. From March 1991 to May 1999 he was a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England.
Sir David was Chairman of Courtaulds plc from July 1996 to September 1998, having been a Non-Executive Director since 1991.
In March 1998, he was appointed to the Board of the Royal Opera House retiring in August 2008. In June 2001 he was appointed to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers. He became a Governor of Shrewsbury School in 1986 and Chairman of the Governing Body in 2004 retiring at the end of 2007. He remains involved in its international development, first in Bangkok and more recently in Hong Kong. Sir David was appointed a Knight Bachelor in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in July 1991.
In July 1996, Sir David received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 1999 received The ICAEW Award for Outstanding Achievement. In November 2007, he was commissioned to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire. He became The Honorary Patron of Shrewsbury Town FC in January 2010.
Married with two sons, a daughter and nine grand children. Sir David relaxes by watching football, playing golf, listening to music and going to the opera.