David Bryer lived in Malvern from the age of 2 and went to school in Worcester. He studied Arabic for his BA at Worcester College, Oxford and then wrote his PhD on Islamic history.
He joined Oxfam in 1975, working at various times in the Middle East and Africa, the last ten years from 1992 to 2001 in Oxford as Director. Subsequently he worked on peace mediation in Geneva.
In 2004 he retired back to Malvern, enjoying the Hills but also volunteering as a trustee on the boards of a number of charities registered in the UK, Netherlands and USA including Save the Children, WWF and Homestart International. Since the Rio conference in 1992 he has been particularly interested in the connections between environment and development. As well as being on the board of MHT he is a member of the Chapter of Worcester Cathedral."