David is a development economist; and an experienced Chief Executive, Director and Chair of major public bodies. These have included a Regional Development Agency and a metropolitan local authority. Since 2008 he has owned and operated Third Life Economics (3LE) as a research, advisory and consultancy company specialising in supporting strategic economic leadership of place. During this period, David has become one of the leading advisors and commentators on England approaches to local economic growth - working widely on Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) strategic economic plans, European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) programmes, city and growth deals, and industrial strategies.
David has engaged extensively with universities' roles and functions in local economic growth, 'smart specialisation', and place-making. He is thrilled to be contributing to the Chancellor's Commission - to take this area of work further with University of Warwick and its relationships locally, with Coventry, Warwickshire, and the wider Midlands.