Sir David Arculus has had a wide ranging career in media and business, both in Cambridgeshire and nationally. In the Media and Communications sector he has been Group MD of Peterborough based Emap plc followed by spells based in London as Chairman of IPC Media and then Chairman of O2. Earlier in his career he had worked in broadcasting as a BBC Scriptwriter.
In business more widely he was a Non-Executive Director of Barclays Bank and then Chairman of both Aldermore Bank and of Numis Corporation. He has also Chaired Severn Trent and various other companies.
He spent four years working for Prime Minister Tony Blair as his 'Red Tape Czar' introducing the widely acclaimed 'One in, One out' rule for new regulations affecting businesses. He received a Knighthood for Public Service in 2005.
His career started in the Falkland Islands as a VSO volunteer, from where he proceeded to Oxford University followed by a postgrad at London Business School. He retired in 2017 as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.