Lord Simon of Highbury

Lord David Simon was appointed CBE in 1991, KBE in 1995 and entered the House of Lords in 1997. He was born in 1939 and is married with two sons.

He received his education at Christ's Hospital and read Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1958-1961). He completed his MBA at Insead, Fontainebleau (1965-1966).

He worked at BP plc from 1961–1997. From 1985 when he joined the BP Group Main Board, he was successively Managing Director Finance and COO; from 1992-95 Group Chief Executive, and Chairman (1995-1997).

In May 1997, David Simon was appointed to be Minister of State in H.M. Treasury and the DTI as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe. He retired from ministerial office and the Lords Front Bench in 1999 to become advisor to the Cabinet Office. He was also appointed by President Prodi to be one of the three man team advising on the impact of Enlargement of the European Union.

Lord David Simon has been a Vice President of the European Round Table and a member of the CBI Presidents Committee. He was also a non-executive director of the Bank of England, RTZ and Grandmet. Lord Simon has been a member of the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank, Allianz, Fortis and. LEK, and also a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG.

Currently a Director of the Unilever Group and the Suez Group. Lord Simon is a Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley Europe, and an Advisory Board member of Fitch. He also sits on the Council of Cambridge University, and is a Trustee of the Camb ridge Foundation, having been the Foundation's Chairman from 2001 - 2005.​