David was appointed Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund in October 2021.
Before joining the Fund, David had a varied career in public service. As Director of the Office for Civil Society, he was responsible for government policy on charities, volunteering, young people, philanthropy, dormant assets, impact investment and mission-led business.
Before this, as an international development adviser, he supported governance and public policy reform programmes in more than a dozen countries, particularly in Asia and the Middle East where he lived and worked.
David’s earlier career was in UK Civil Service working in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit (principally on education, health and public services), in the DFID and the Cabinet Office.
His leadership has particularly spanned fields of education, health, civil society and community development, and topics including social mobility, loneliness and culture change. A common thread through his career has been his passion and commitment to community, and the social connections and community activities that are at the heart of creating healthier, happier lives and a flourishing society. This brought him to The National Lottery Community Fund and the development of their 2030 strategy ‘It starts with community’.
He enjoys leading people and organisations in support of social improvement and positive change.
He has two degrees in economics and one degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.