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David Burbidge CBE DL

Chairman of Burbidge and Son Ltd, which manufactures quality kitchen furniture in Coventry.  Chairman of Coventry City of Culture 2021 bid.


Awarded a CBE in 2016 for services to Cultural Philanthropy in West Midlands.


Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Coventry University in 2015.


Previous roles include:

  • Chairman of Burbidge Capital Limited in Nairobi providing corporate finance advisory services in East Africa.
  • Master of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers in 2005 and Freeman of the City of London.
  • Director of the Coventry Building Society for 20+ years and chairman of their £50m pension fund.
  • Founding Chairman of Coventry Cathedral Development Trust, which raised over £5 million for the Cathedral ministry and endowment.
  • President of City of Coventry Scout County for 12+ years.
  • Chairman of Belgrade Theatre until 2008.
  • Main Board member of RSC and Chairman of the Central Campaign for the £112 million Transformation project.
  • Chairman of RSC Pension Fund Trustees
  • Councillor Warwick Council
  • High Sheriff West Midlands in 1990/1991


Appointed in 1991.