David Whineray

Director, Covid-19 Programme at Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

Director, Covid-19 Programme, Department of Health and Social Care
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

David Whineray was appointed Director, Covid-19 Programme at the Department of Health and Social Care in 2020.  

David’s previous UK government roles include serving in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Deputy Director General Political, Deputy Director Asia-Pacific and Deputy Head of the Europe Department; in the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York representing the UK in Security Council negotiations; in 10 Downing Street as an Advisor on Europe; and in the Home Office as an advisor on international crime. 

David’s previous roles outside of government service include: Counsellor and Head of Political Affairs at the European Union Delegation to the United States in Washington DC; a Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC; Senior Visiting Fellow at the United Nations Center for Policy Research in New York, a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department for Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, a Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, a Consultant with IHS Markit in New York, Researcher at the European Parliament in Brussels, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU in New York. 

David holds an M.Sc. (Distinction) in Political Science from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hons) in Politics from the University of Durham.  He has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York and holds Certificates in U.S. Public Policy, China and nuclear studies from Harvard University and Stanford University.  David has published opinion pieces in leading US and UK publications, including The Financial Times and The Independent.