Before joining the Department in 2006, David was the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
From 1996 to 2003 he was Director of Social Services, London Borough of Greenwich and a member of the Greenwich Primary Care Trust Board and the Professional Executive Committee. Throughout 2003 he was the President of the Association of Directors of Social Services.
Previously David was Director of Social Services with Cleveland County Council, having been Senior Assistant Director and Deputy Director there. Following local government reorganisation, he held the position of Director of Social Services for Middlesbrough Council.
Prior to that, David was employed by Avon County Council in a variety of head office posts and as an area manager in North Bristol.
David was born and brought up in Blackburn in Lancashire. Having graduated from Bradford University in 1978, David was employed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Social Services Department, working initially as a social worker and then as a team manager in Children’s Services.
He was awarded a CBE in 2003, and in 2004 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University. He is married with two sons.