David Hardy Appointed by Council
Will undertake the responsibilities of members of governing bodies as set out in the CUC Guide for Members of Higher Education Governing Bodies in the UK.
David was appointed to Council in August 2020. He is a non-executive Board Member, Chair of the Finance and Treasury Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Peabody Trust, a housing Association responsible for 66,000 homes and 133,000 residents in London and the South East. On 28 April 2021, he became Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Foresight European Sustainable Income Fund PLC.
He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has over 40 years’ experience in corporate finance, M&A, private equity, fund raising and fund management, the last 15 years at John Laing focussing on social and economic infrastructure, PFI/PPP and renewable energy projects. Until leaving John Laing Group in October 2019, David was Managing Director of John Laing Capital Management Limited, the Fund management subsidiary of John Laing Group plc. David joined John Laing in 2005, leading the equity investment of numerous UK PFI/PPP projects across various sectors. From 2011 he was responsible for raising co‑investment funds from institutional investors on large infrastructure projects and leading the divestment of mature projects for the Group.
Prior to joining John Laing Group, David was a Corporate Finance partner at KPMG for 13 years, leading the strategic, financial and transaction advice to public and private sector clients across a wide range of infrastructure projects.
As well as being a member of Council, David is also a member of: