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Dr David Hammond (-2020)

Areas of Interest

Business, Sports

Honorary Award

Honorary Doctor of the University, 2001


Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation with over 40 years of experience in the service industry, specialising in corporate finance and audit committees. Present and past directorships include ADT, American Medical Response, Carlisle Group and Global Health Partner plc. David Hammond also served on the Competition Commission for 6 years. He was also a trustee of three charities, including Crimestoppers.

In 2001, Dr David Hammond received the award of Honorary Doctor of the University.


"David Hammond's early career 1963-73 began with tax management with Touche Ross and Arthur Anderson. His career took off when he was parachuted into the Group Taxation position at EMI, responsible for world-wide taxation affairs of EMI companies. In 1978 he was appointed Finance and Commercial Director of the EMI entertainment Division.

He has held a series of senior international executive and directorship positions with a successful of top-ranking FTSE, NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange companies. He is presently Chairman of British Car Auction Holdings Ltd., and deputy Chairman of Carlisle Holdings Ltd.

David Hammond has contributed his expertise to public policy formation and the evolution of Government thinking on international trade and regulation. He has contributed evidence to British Parliamentary Select (formerly the Monopolies Commission). In his role he has been prominent in studies on the pricing of domestic electrical goods and practice in the British Clearing Banks.

A Number of continuing threads maybe discerned in his career. One is the experience of mergers and acquisition, especially in the international setting. A second is a fundamental faith in honesty and transparency in business dealings. A third is the belief in a stake holder based approach to career in business, encompassing the interests of shareholders, employees, customers, creditors and debtor. A final element is the belief that the role of corporate directors is to deal with those things which are a distraction to the operating directors.

He has also been active in the charity sector. He is a trustee of the Crimestoppers Trust, and his rugby interests led him to be a trustee of the Wooden Spoon Society, a sporting charity. His tenure of his position has witnessed an increase of £170k to over £1million in Grants for facilities for young people. He is a Governor for the ADT College, the Wandsworth City Technology College, and a Trustee of Industry's needs of the education service.

He is Chairman of the London Welsh Rugby club and a member of the Welsh Rugby's General Committee - the pinnacle of any Welshman's committee ambition."