The Foundation's History


David Wilson was educated at Ashby Boys Grammar School, Leicestershire, and spent his career in the building industry where he created Wilson Bowden plc, of which he was the Chief Executive.


The company, which included David Wilson Homes, expanded over the years until the group was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1987. The plc business was later sold to Barratt Developments plc in March 2007. The company’s spread of operations prior to the sale was nationwide and included sites in Scotland and Wales. David Wilson Homes was in the top 5 of national house builders by size, regularly building more than 5,000 houses each year and employing either directly or indirectly nearly 6,000 people.


Wilson Bowden plc was one of the most highly regarded in the house building sector. The Group was actively involved with university research, particularly in the areas of build and technology, sustainable development and environmental issues.


In July 1995 David Wilson set up The David Wilson Foundation, which he and his family personally funded. The Foundation has supported many organisations, details of some of whom can be found on this website.


David was awarded a CBE for Services to Young People in the New Year Honours January 2011 and was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester in 2004. He won the Property Week Midlands Personality of the Year Award in 2007.

David is a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, a lay Canon of the Diocese of Leicester, President of Leicestershire Cricket Club, a Patron of the National Forest Charitable Trust, Member of Court of the University of Leicester and member of the College of Benefactors of the University of Nottingham.