David Lough

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David Lough won an open history scholarship to Oxford University where he gained a first-class degree. After an early career in financial markets at home and in Asia, he founded a private banking business, advising prominent British families across the range of their private affairs, including their investments, tax affairs and estate planning. On his retirement as chief executive to become chairman in 2009, David used his private banking experience to research the story of Winston Churchill’s precarious personal finances, illuminating a new human side of the figure often treated as an icon. The result was the acclaimed No More Champagne – Churchill and his money, published in 2015 and shortlisted for the Longman History Book of the Year award. A second book, Darling Winston – Letters between Winston Churchill and his mother appeared in 2018. David is currently researching his third book, a history of royal finances, in the National and Royal Archives. David recently retired as a trustee of the London Library and co-chairs the Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust which helps to fund musical education.


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