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Ian Hay Davison Collection 

A collection of the papers and correspondence of Ian Hay Davison CBE, accountant, company chairman and financial services regulator.

Ian Hay Davison attended Dulwich College and then the London School of Economics before completing postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan, USA. He returned to the UK in 1958 and joined the accounting and public services firm Arthur Andersen. By 1966 he was managing partner and during the following 16 years he managed the rapid growth of the company, building and expanding its strong national reputation. He served in a number of high-profile regulatory roles, including chairman of the Accounting Standards Committee, Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) inspector and member of the Audit Commission, before being asked by the Bank of England to leave Arthur Andersen and become the Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of Lloyd's of London. In 1987, after three years in the post, he was asked by the Bank to undertake the reform of the Hong Kong Securities Industry.

Hay Davison's extensive and wide-ranging experience in the private sector followed including directorships of The Independent, Cadbury Schweppes and Midland Bank, and chairman of Storehouse (BhS, Mothercare and Habitat), Credit Lyonnais Securities and McDonnell Douglas Information Systems. At the same time, he took on voluntary appointments as director of the Royal Opera House, trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, chairman of the Sadler's Wells Foundation and president of the National Council for One Parent Families. He has served on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and received a CBE in 2002. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bath in 1998, and later by the London School of Economics and the Royal College of Art.

The collection contains material relating to Hay Davison's long and distinguished career in numerous commercial organisations, including books, pamphlets, speeches and associated papers covering topics such as conceptual frameworks for accounting, setting accounting standards, inflation, auditing, the regulation of prices, the early uses of computers for business data processing and budgetary control. The collection also documents Hay Davison's involvement with several public and charitable bodies.

The collection was donated to the University of Bath by Ian Hay Davison, in 2015.

The collection is not yet fully catalogued. Please email the University Archivist for further details.

Size: 30 boxes (approx).

Ian Hay Davison portrait