David Meller, the Tory donor 'desperate to be part of establishment'
Presidents Club groping scandal will deny wealthy Meller ‘his ultimate prize’ of a peerage
Until the Financial Times’s revelations the Presidents Club co-chair David Meller was moving along a familiar path. A generous Conservative party donor and wealthy businessman who helps run his family’s company, Meller moved into education by sponsoring state schools in England after forming his own charity, the Meller Educational Trust.
Meller’s interest in academies was quickly rewarded by the Department for Education. In June 2013 he was appointed as a non-executive director on the DfE’s board, and less than a year later he was named chair of the government’s apprenticeship ambassador network.Continue reading...