David Sainsbury was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in October 2011.
In 2007 he produced a review of the Government’s science and innovation policies, “The Race To The Top” and in May 2013 published “Progressive Capitalism: How to Achieve Economic Growth, Liberty and Social Justice”. He is the founder of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and in 2003 received, on behalf of the Sainsbury family, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy.
Prior to this he was Chairman of the Governing Body of the London Business School from 1991 – 1998 and founded and chairs the Institute for Government. He became Lord Sainsbury of urville in October, 1997 and was appointed Minister of Science and Innovation from July 1998 until November 2006. From 1973 – 1990 he was Finance Director of J Sainsbury plc, Deputy Chairman from 1988 – 992, and Chairman from 1992 – 1998.
Mr Sainsbury read History and Psychology at King’s College, Cambridge, and then joined J Sainsbury plc in 1963. He received an MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business in New ork in 1971.