Head of Profession for Statistics, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
David was formerly Head of Strategic Statistics at DCLG, responsible for the management and analysis of a major social survey - the English Housing Survey. His team also collected housing and planning data from local authorities, published the indices of multiple deprivation, analysed lettings of social housing and carried out sub-national analysis of well being.
David has over 20 years of experience working as a government statistician across Whitehall, holding positions within the Office for National Statistics, HM Treasury and the (then) Department for Trade and Industry. In this time he has held a wide variety of roles, including leading on the public sector mapping agreement, briefing on the labour market, contributing to thinking on the national minimum wage, publishing a book of statistics on children and examining the pay of MPs.
As Head of Profession for Statistics, David was responsible for leading and developing the analytical capacity of over 50 statisticians in DCLG. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
David is particularly interested in the dissemination and use of statistics, and his team led the development of Open Data Communities – DCLG’s response to the open data initiative.