South Gloucestershire Council
David is a qualified accountant and has worked in a variety of councils across local government.
David joined South Gloucestershire Council in 2004 as Director of Corporate Resources and became Chief Executive in 2019. South Gloucestershire Council is a mixed urban and rural unitary authority forming the economic powerhouse of the West of England. The Council has over 7,000 staff and a net budget of £220m.
South Gloucestershire has a vibrant hi-tech economy, and is home to the Bristol and Bath Science Park, National Composites Centre, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and the Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems; as well as Airbus, Rolls Royce, GKN, the MOD, and the University of the West of England. It is has a vibrant leisure scene including Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre, Wild Places, Bristol Aerospace Museum (reflecting the areas rich aeronautical heritage including Concorde), and the innovative and ground breaking ‘The Wave’. All of which makes South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.
David led the £1bn City Deal economic development fund negotiations with Central Government, and leads South Gloucestershire's involvement in the West of England Combined Authority (with Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset), and the WoE LEP (which also includes North Somerset). He is a keen advocate for the use of digital technologies, empowering local communities, and refocussing wider public sector systems to recognise the power of Prevention.
David sits on a number of external organisations, including Solace in Business, the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives, Bristol University Council, and reflecting his passion for giving all children the best possible start in life is a Board member for Gloucestershire Young Carers.