Sir David William Brewer was the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London from 2008 to 2015, appointed by Her Majesty The Queen. He was Lord Mayor of London between 2005 and 2006.
Sir David grew up in Hampstead, went to St. Paul’s School and then Université de Grenoble, France. He commenced his career in 1959 with Sedgwick Collins and in 1976 he went to Tokyo to open the Sedgwick Group’s Japan office and lived there for three years. He set up the Group office in China in 1981 and obtained the first broker’s authorisation for Sedgwick in 1993. He opened their representative office in Mumbai in 1986 and has travelled regularly in Asia, and in particular to China, which he has visited over 100 times. Sir David became the Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Marsh Ltd. following their purchase of Sedgwick Group.
An active City businessman, Sir David holds Non-Executive Directorships with LIFFE Administration and Management, Tullet Prebon SITICO (China) Ltd, National Bank of Kuwait (International) PLC and is a member of the International Advisory Board for IPS Group.
Sir David is a Warden of the Merchant Taylors’ Company and of the Blacksmiths’ Company. He is an Honorary Liveryman of the Insurers’ Company and of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, along with his position as an Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn.
Among other appointments, Sir David is Senior Treasurer of the Sons of the Clergy, President of The London Cornish Association, a member of the London Symphony Orchestra Advisory Council and a Director of the City of London Sinfonia.
Sir David was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2015 New Year Honours for his services as Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.