Deputy Director, Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
David is focused on the reduction of serious harms – be that preventing the exploitation of vulnerable individuals or reducing the threat from terrorism – and using innovation and systems thinking to do so.
He is currently Deputy Director at HMG’s Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit (JICTU) and is responsible for helping to ensure a strategic and prioritised approach to HMG’s overseas CT efforts.
Previously he worked extensively on supporting British nationals in distress overseas as the FCO’s Consular Regional Director for South Asia, based out of New Delhi. He had the overview for a high performing network that responded to a series of major crises as well as regular complex cases on issues including child abduction, imprisonment and violent assault.
Prior to that he ran the Forced Marriage Unit, establishing it as a cross-governmental unit and using innovative approaches both in the UK and overseas to prevent this human rights abuse.