Michael Godfrey Bell
Bell is a published author, past member of the EU's Economic and Social
Committee, ex-public company chairman and educationalist. He can be contacted
Biographical Details: M G Bell
Born UK, January, 1941, married with one son
Educated at Vinehall School, Cranbrook School and the Institute of Actuaries
Worked in insurance, 1958-61
1961-63, assistant to Michael Bizony, publisher;
edited French Opera To The Revolution by Norman Demuth
1967 - 1971 General Manager of IPC technical publishing subsidiary; developed
computer typesetting system for Daily Mirror (rejected by the unions);
responsible for IPC acquisition policy in Europe before takeover by Reed
1972 - 1975 Management consultant in South American import business; spent
time in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela.
1976 - 1979 worked for Brooks International in the US, Canada and UK as a
1980 Managing Director of International Business Communications Ltd,
subsidiary of SLSS plc in London.
1982 bought out IBC with colleagues. Grew it to t/o of GBP7m by 1985.
1985 Floated IBC on London stock exchange (last company to be introduced on the
floor of the old stock exchange).
1986 - 1989 Grew IBC as Chairman to t/o GBP80m and profit of GBP17m, with
worldwide subsidiaries and 1,200 staff.
1990 Fired by the banks, just avoided bankruptcy.
1992 Started Business Seminars International, specializing in Russian
conferences, grew it to GBP8m turnover by 1998, when Russian financial
collapse allowed escape from conferences . . .
1999 Started Internet business lowtax.net with major clients including HSBC, Wolters Kluwer and the Bureau of National Affairs.
2012 Wolters Kluwer acquired lowtax.net; on behalf
of Wolters Kluwer, Bell started academic
periodical Global Tax Weekly and was Editor-in-Chief of this publication
Public positions: Director of Choice in Education 1988-95; Deputy Chairman of
Grant Maintained Schools, 1983-2000; Conservative Member of East Sussex
County Council 1989-93; Member of Group 1 of the Economic and Social Committee
of the EU in Brussels 1990-94, Rapporteur for numerous Opinions including
Economic Report on France; Governor of Vinehall Preparatory School 1985-2003, and Governor of four other schools in East
Sussex; Chairman of Trident International (charity) 1991-96; Founding
President of UK Newsletter Society; past Director of Adam Smith Institute;
member of Bow Group, Bruges Group, Radical Society, the Institute of Fiscal
Five Letters To The Unquiet French, 1987
Incentive Through Ownership, 1989
Death of the Welfare State, 1995
Eastern Markets, 1996
Futures of the Human Race, 2007
Agent Human, 2009
Memoir On The Pickersgill-Cunliffe Family,
We, Immortals, 2011
The Bell Family – An Exploration, 2013
Just A Moment Of Weakness – A Russian Novel, 2014
A New Experiment In Autobiography, 2014 (private circulation)
Peggy: A Family Saga, 2015
Hello Kitty! A Collection Of Polemical Writings, 2015
French, Russian, Italian to various degrees. Interests include tennis,
playing the piano, singing (St Bartholomew's Hospital choir, South-East
Opera, Vinehall Singers), landscape gardening, economics. Member of the Carlton Club.