Sir Howard Davies, born 1951, is a Professor of Practice at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris (Sciences Po) and previously was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before this he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the UK’s single financial regulator.
He 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. During 1985-1986 Davies was seconded to the Treasury as Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Since 2002 he has been a Trustee of the Tate. In addition to his high profile business and academic activities, Howard Davies is also a literary critic, and was a regular fiction reviewer for The Literary Review for many years, and has also reviewed fiction for Books and Bookmen and The Times.
He reads novels in English and French and is a member of the Powys and Wyndham Lewis Societies.
Davies is a member of the governing body, Royal Academy of Music; Patron of Working Families; and in 2004 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford.