David Cooksey

Sir David James Scott Cooksey, GBE (born 14 May 1940) is a British businessman, venture capitalist and policy advisor.

David Cooksey gained a degree in metallurgy at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford[1] (Hon Fellow 1995). He embarked on a career as an industrial engineer, rising through the management of the company Formica International, and finally leading the management buy-out of a subsidiary in 1971.

In 1981 he formed Advent Venture Partners, one of the first venture capital firms in the United Kingdom, which provided financing for technology-based businesses. He remained chairman until September 2006. He was the first chairman of the British Venture Capital Association (1983/4) and chairman of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (2005/6).

Cooksey was chairman of the Audit Commission from 1986 to 1995 and in 1996 as chairman of the Local Government Commission for England, proposed the introduction of unitary authorities in many areas of England. In 2003 Cooksey was appointed to chair the Biosciences Industry Growth Taskforce by HM Treasury and the DTI and issued the report "Biosciences 2015" that year. He revised and reissued the report in 2009. In 2006 he published the Cooksey Review of UK health research for HM Treasury which led to a new funding structure and approach to medical research in the UK. It also paved the way to new approaches to pharmaceutical licensing.

Sir David was a director of the Bank of England from 1994 until 2005, including a period as Chairman of Directors from 2001. He was a Governor of the Wellcome Trust from 1995 to 1999, and was Chairman of the Board of Directors at Diamond Light Source Ltd from its formation in 2002 until September 2008. He was chairman of the Francis Crick Institute from 2009 to August 2017. He was Pro Chancellor of the University of Southampton from 2009-2013.

Sir David was Chairman of London and Continental Railways from 2006 to 2011. He was appointed chairman of Bechtel Ltd in 2008. He chaired UK Financial Investments Limited from 2009 to 2012.

He was knighted in 1993. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2007 for public service.

He has received Honorary Degrees from University College London, University of Southampton and Kingston University and he has Honorary Fellowships at The Academy of Medical Sciences, University of Wales, Cardiff University, Imperial College London, King's College London and the British Science Association.

He is a keen sailor and a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.


  1. ^ "David Cooksey". seh.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
Adrian Hayday

Adrian Clive Hayday (born 1956) FMedSci FRS is the Kay Glendinning professor and Chair in the Department of Immunobiology at King's College London and group leader at the Francis Crick Institute in the UK.

Anne O'Garra

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British International School of Ljubljana

The British International School of Ljubljana (BISL) is a school in Slovenia that caters to over 230 students from over 40 nationalities, ranging from 3 to 18 years of age. It welcomed its first students in 2008 and became an executive member of COBIS in 2013. BISL is also a CAIE international school and a regular member of CIS.

British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, sometimes known simply as the British Venture Capital Association, or BVCA, is a trade organisation founded in 1983 for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. It has more than 500 member firms, including over 230 private equity and venture capital houses, as well as institutional investors, professional advisers, service providers and international associations as members.

Tim Hames is the director general.Former chairs were:

2016 Alan MacKay, executive partner and founder, GHO Capital

2015 Rob Lucas, managing partner, CVC Capital Partners

2014 Tim Farazmand, managing director, LDC

2013 Simon Clark, managing partner, Fidelity Growth Partners Europe

2012 Robert Easton, managing director and co-head, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners

2011 Richard Anton, partner, Amadeus Capital Partners

2010 Hugh Lenon, managing partner, Phoenix Equity Partners

2009 Simon Havers, CEO, Baird Capital

2008 Jeremy Hand, managing partner, Lyceum Capital

2007 Wol Kolade, managing partner, Livingbridge

2006 Rod Selkirk, chief executive, Hermes Private Equity

2005 Vince O'Brien, director, Montagu Private Equity Ltd

2004 Anne Glover, co-founder and chief executive, Amadeus Capital Partners

2003 Richard Green, managing partner, August Equity

2002 Michael Queen, finance director, 3i

2001 Edmund Truell, chief executive of Pension Corporation and founder, Duke Street

2000 David Thorp, director, Livingbridge

1999 James Nelson, non-executive director, Intermediate Capital Group

1998 Clive Sherling, former chairman, Football Licensing Authority

1997 Norman Murray, chairman, Cairn Energy

1996 David Quysner, non-executive director, Private Equity Investor

1995 Andrew Joy, partner, Cinven

1994 Brian Larcombe, non-executive director, Gallaher Group

1993 Ron Hollidge, chairman, Kleinwort Capital Trust

1992 Robert Drummond, chairman, Acta

1991 Adrian Beecroft, partner and former chief investment officer, Apax Partners

1990 Michael Denny, executive chairman, Northern Venture Managers Limited

1989 Richard Hargreaves, chairman, SPDG Technologies

1988 John Nash, chairman, Care UK

1987 Lionel Anthony, non-executive director, Ariadne Capital

1986 Colin Clive, non-executive director, Thompson Clive Investment (founder member of the BVCA)

1985 Sir Ronald Cohen, founder, Apax Partners (founder member of the BVCA)

1984 Tony Lorenz, managing partner, ECI Partners (founder member of the BVCA)

1983 Sir David Cooksey, director, Bank of England, former governor, Wellcome Trust (founder member of the BVCA)It produces reports on, among other topics, the relative rate of return on UK private equity and venture capital funds and organises conferences.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is a cancer research and awareness charity in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man, formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Its aim is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. As the world's largest independent cancer research charity it conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Research activities are carried out in institutes, universities and hospitals across the UK, both by the charity's own employees and by its grant-funded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.Cancer Research UK's work is almost entirely funded by the public. It raises money through donations, legacies, community fundraising, events, retail and corporate partnerships. Over 40,000 people are regular volunteers.

Caroline S. Hill

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Charles Swanton

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Cooksey is an English surname. It is commonly found in the West Midlands, originally given to people from Cooksey in Worcestershire. Notable people with the surname include:

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David Cooksey (b. 1940), British businessman

Donald Cooksey (1892–1977), American physicist

Ernie Cooksey (1980–2008), English footballer

Frank C. Cooksey (b. 1933), American politician and environmental activist

John Cooksey (b. 1941), American physician and politician

Patricia Cooksey (b. 1958), American jockey

Scott Cooksey (b. 1972), English footballer

Cleophus Cooksey Jr. (b. 1982), American serial killer

Doreen Cantrell

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Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

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ENRC was formed in 1994, listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2006 delisted after a near six-year spell in November 2013. A secondary listing and subsequent de-listing also took place on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange.

ENRC is now fully owned by ERG (Eurasian Resources Group), a private natural resources company headquartered in Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It incorporates the assets of former FTSE-100 group, ENRC PLC, which it acquired in November 2013.

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Harpal Kumar

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Jean-Paul Vincent

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List of Honorary Fellows of St Edmund Hall, Oxford

This is a list of Honorary Fellows of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Nicolas Browne-Wilkinson, Baron Browne-Wilkinson

Stanley Burnton

David Cooksey

John Cox (director)

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Patrick Garland

Andrew Graham (academic)

Roy Harris (linguist)

Terry Jones

Gabriel Josipovici

Ken Macdonald

Tony Marchington

William R. Miller (businessman)

Michael Mingos

Derek Morris (academic)

Michael Nazir-Ali

Ronald Oxburgh, Baron Oxburgh

Gareth Roberts (statistician)

Michael Rose (British Army officer)

Richard Smethurst

Keir Starmer

Douglas Veale

Denis Wright

List of Royal Yacht Squadron members

The following is a list of the more notable members of the Royal Yacht Squadron. There are 450 members in total.

Cuthbert Heath, OBE, DL (1910)

Kenneth McAlpine, OBE, DL (1920)

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921)

Capt. Sir Donald Gosling, KCVO (1929)

Prof. Roger Williams, CBE (1931)

Lord Wakeham, PC, DL (1932)

Sir Timothy Sainsbury (1932)

Peter Nicholson, CBE (1934)

Baron Clinton (1934)

The Rt. Hon. Sir Anthony Evans (1934)

Lord Glentoran, CBE, DL (1935)

Aga Khan IV (1936)

Rear Adm. Paddy O'Riordan, CBE, DL (1936)

The King of Norway (1937)

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD (1939)

King Constantine of Greece (1940)

Sir David Cooksey, GBE (1940)

Sir Anthony Greener (1940)

Algy Cluff (1940)

Sir John Collins (1941)

Martin Clarke MBE, DL (1942)

Ewen Southby-Tailyour (1942)

Sir John Parker (1942)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth (1943)

Lord Iliffe, DL (1944)

Lord Phillimore (1944)

Sir Robert Owen (1944)

The Earl of Normanton (1945)

The Earl of Cork and Orrery (1945)

George Magan, Baron Magan of Castletown (1945)

Adrian Brunner, QC (1946)

Lord Bamford (1945)

Peter Ogden (1945)

Lord Brabazon of Tara, DL (1946)

Bruce Mauleverer, QC (1946)

The Earl of Cromer (1946)

Rear Adm. Richard Phillips, CB, FNI (1947)

Hon. Christopher Sharples (1947)

Sir Graham Wilkinson, Bt. (1947)

Hon. Mr Justice Holman (1947)

Sir David Roche, Bt. (1947)

James Dyson (1947)

Admiral Baron West (1948)

Sir David Clementi (1949)

Lord Strathcarron (1949)

Anne, Princess Royal, the first female member of the club (1950)

Roy Clare, CBE (1950)

Earl St Aldwyn (1950)

Sir Julian Berney, Bt. (1952)

General Lord Richards (1952)

Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Briggs (1954)

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence (1955)

Lord Fairfax (1956)

Sam Laidlaw (1956)

The Prince of Monaco (1958)

Sir Charles Dunstone (1964)

Nick Rogers (1977)

List of alumni of St Edmund Hall, Oxford

This is a list of notable alumni of St Edmund Hall, one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University, and informally known as Teddy Hall. The overwhelming maleness of this list is partially explained by the fact that for roughly 95% of its history (from its foundation in 1278 until 1979), women were barred from studying at the college.

See also Category:Alumni of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.Dan Abnett, author, comic book writer

Samira Ahmed, radio news presenter

Lionel Barber, journalist and editor of the Financial Times

Stuart Barnes, England and British Lions rugby player, commentator for Sky Sports

Bidisha, writer and commentator on cultural and social affairs

Steve Blinkhorn, psychologist, psychometrician

Anna Botting, newsreader

Douglas Botting, explorer and author

Emma Brockes, journalist

Stanley Burnton, Lord Justice of Appeal, from 2008

John Camkin, journalist, television sports broadcaster and businessman

David Cooksey, businessman, venture capitalist and politician

Jeremy Davies, Catholic priest and exorcist

Peter Day, broadcaster

Robin Day, broadcaster

Paul Farrelly, Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, from 2001

Mark Field, Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, from 2001

Amelia Fletcher, economist and musician

Stuart Ford, film producer, CEO of IM Global

Scott Frandsen, Canadian rower, 2003 Oxford Blue and Olympic medallist

Arihiro Fukuda, associate professor of the University of Tokyo

Patrick Garland, theatre director (Honorary Fellow)

David Gauke, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive of Arsenal F.C.

Darren Gerard, cricketer

Amitav Ghosh, writer

Timothy Gorringe, professor of theology

Richard Gozney, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda

Geoffrey Grigson, poet and critic

Alice Hart-Davis, journalist

Thomas Hearne, antiquarian and diarist

Robert Jackson, Conservative, later Labour, politician MEP for Upper Thames, 1979–1984; MP for Wantage, 1983–2005

Terry Jones, comedic actor and writer

Gabriel Josipovici, novelist and playwright

Emma Kennedy, comic actress and writer

Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister, Government of India

Stewart Lee, comedian and writer

Yann Lovelock, writer and interfaith worker

Ken Macdonald, Director of Public Prosecutions

Hugo MacNeill, Ireland and British Lions rugby player

Hugh McManners, author and journalist

John McManners, ecclesiastical historian

Jude Cowan Montague, artist, musician, writer

Derek Morris, economist, Provost of Oriel College, Oxford

Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Opinions Editor, The Telegraph, Calcutta

Al Murray, comedian

Richard Onslow, 1st Baron Onslow, Whig politician, Speaker of the House of Commons, 1708–1710, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1714–1715

Oronhyatekha, Mohawk physician and scholar

Andrew Peach, BBC broadcaster

Littleton Powys, Justice of the King's Bench

Larry Pressler, United States Senator for South Dakota; Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Nicholas Pumfrey (Lord Justice Pumfrey), Court of Appeal Judge

Sophy Ridge, television political journalist

Charles Ritcheson, historian, diplomat and university administrator

P. G. D. Robbins, England rugby union player, 1956–1962

Michael Scott Rohan, writer

Myron Rolle, NFL player for the Tennessee Titans

General Michael Rose, Queen's Gallantry Medal

Mark Sedwill, diplomat

M. J. K. Smith, cricketer

John Spellar, Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield, 1982–1983, and for Warley, from 1992

Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, 2008–2013, and Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, from 2015

Graham Steele, Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, Minister of Finance of Nova Scotia

Mel Stride, Conservative MP for Central Devon

Ronny Tong, Hong Kong Senior Counsel and politician

Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour MP for Torfaen, from 2015

Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian Minister of State

Faith Wainwright, one of the first female engineering graduates, structural engineer and Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Piers Wardle, artist

John Wells, comic actor and translator

John West, missionary

Kristof Willerton, gymnast

Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta

Peter Winch, philosopher

William MacAskill, philosopher

Local Government Commission for England (1992)

The Local Government Commission for England was the body responsible for reviewing the structure of local government in England from 1992 to 2002. It was established under the Local Government Act 1992, replacing the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The Commission could be ordered by the Secretary of State to undertake "structural reviews" in specified areas and recommend the creation of unitary authorities in the two-tier shire counties of England. The Commission, chaired by John Banham, conducted a review of all the non-metropolitan counties of England from 1993 to 1994, making various recommendations on their future.

After much political debate and several legal challenges, the Commission's proposals resulted in the abolition of Berkshire county council and the counties of Avon, Cleveland, Hereford and Worcester and Humberside (created in 1974). Combined with a second wave of reviews in 1995, under the chairmanship of David Cooksey, the Commission's proposals led to the creation of unitary authorities covering many urban areas of England, including cities like Bristol, Kingston upon Hull, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Plymouth. Reforms in the rest of Great Britain followed a different course.

Following the structural review, the Commission then reviewed electoral arrangements in English local authorities, re-warding based on population changes. It was replaced by the Boundary Committee for England in 2002, which finished this review cycle in 2004.

Oxford University Innovation

Oxford University Innovation Limited (OUI) is a British technology transfer and consultancy company created to manage the research and development (R&D) of University spin-offs. OUI is a wholly owned subsidiary the University of Oxford, and is located on Botley Road, Oxford, England. OUI was previously known as Isis Innovation (1988-2016) and Oxford University Research and Development Ltd (1987-1988).

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