Harvey is Chairman of Governors of Birkbeck, University of London, Chair of Big Society Capital and an active social investor and philanthropist.

He is the former Chairman of Prudential plc, Man Group plc, and the London Development Agency.  Harvey is also Chairman of Heart of the City, and of The Prince’s Teaching Institute; and a trustee of a number of other charities including New Philanthropy Capital and the Mayor’s Fund for London. 

Educated at Methodist College Belfast and St Catherine’s College Cambridge he started his business career with Chase Manhattan Bank.