As Head of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s European policy unit in London, David leads on a range of European policy areas for the UK and England.
Devolution of powers and funding is a big part of David’s work in the current Parliament, as the Government embarks on a radical programme to transfer powers from Whitehall to local areas. European policies and funding will make an important contribution to this. He continues to work with national and local bodies to maximise the impact of £5.6bn EU Funds across England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnership areas and through a number of devolution deals, such as in Cornwall and across the Northern Powerhouse.
David started work in the civil service in 1987, progressing through a number of jobs in the Department for Work and Pensions and, more recently, at the Department for Communities and Local Government. He managed several central London Jobcentres at the depth of the recession in the early 1990s. Through David’s connection with a regeneration programme in Kilburn he became involved in a range of economic development initiatives.