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Sir Michael David Bear BSc (Eng) MBA (Alderman)

Title: Alderman

Ward: Portsoken

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Members' Room
PO Box 270


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Sir Michael D Bear BSc, MBA, CEng, Hon FREng, Hon FICE, FRICS has held senior positions in both the property and construction industries.  Over the last 40 years he has worked first in the international construction industry, including the US, Europe, China, the Far East, West Africa and South Africa latterly for Balfour Beatty, where he also worked on their development and private finance initiative (PFI) and public-private partnerships (PPP) projects.  In the City he was responsible for bringing the regeneration at Spitalfields to a successful conclusion as Chief Executive of the Spitalfields Development Group.  He was Regeneration Director at Hammerson plc until December 2012 and a Non-Executive Director of Arup between 2009-2015.  He has assisted a number of major UK and global companies relocate and expand their businesses in the City and City Fringe.


More recently Sir Michael was a member of Lord Green’s Ministerial Strategic Advisory Group and worked for UKTI setting up the Regeneration Investment Organisation attracting over £8bn of FDI into property opportunities throughout the UK and held the role of Chairman until March 2016.  Sir Michael  Co-Chaired the CEO Forum for UK/China Infrastructure and was Chairman of the UKTI High Value Opportunities Supervisory Board.  He was appointed as UK Special Envoy for Sustainable Urbanisation – China by the Chancellor in September 2014 -2016 and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Future Cities Catapult.  Sir Michael has recently been appointed as Professor for Sustainable Urbanisation at Sheffield University.


In the Charity sector he served as President of Coram, is a Vice President of RedR and he served as Chairman of the public/private City Challenge Programme in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and as a Director of its successor body, Cityside Regeneration. 


City involvements: served on the Court of Common Council as Common Councilman, Deputy and Alderman for the ward of Portsoken; he is currently Chairman of the Privileges Committee of the Corporation of London’s Court of Aldermen and has served on many committees of the City of London Corporation; a keen supporter of the Livery movements – Master of the Paviors’ Company 2012/13; Court Member of the Engineers’ Company and member of the Chartered Surveyors Company; Honorary Freeman of the Security Professionals and Honorary Liveryman of the Environmental Cleaners.


Sir Michael served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2007/08 and was Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2010/11. Sir Michael was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to regeneration, charity and the City of London.


Married to Barbara (Musicians’ Liveryman), a qualified teacher, musician, artist and therapist in complimentary medicine, with children Amy and Marc.



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