Gareth Davies

Director General, Business and Science at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Director General, Business and Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Gareth Davies is the Director General, Business and Science in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is responsible for leading the Department's work to stimulate economic growth by making the UK world class at enabling and exploiting knowledge, research and innovation. He sits on the Executive and Departmental Boards and chairs the Operations Committee.

Gareth was previously the Executive Director and Chief Economist in the Cabinet Office, responsible for civil society, innovation and analysis. He spent his early career in PricewaterhouseCoopers, specialising in privatisation, investment appraisal and competition policy.

Over the last decade he has worked in Downing Street as the Prime Minister’s lead adviser on welfare reform, been Head of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and was a board member of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He took up his current post in February 2015.