Over a distinguished 45 year career of public service, David has built unrivalled experience of public policy and its implementation, to drive change and successful outcomes across the most important leadership roles in UK, European, and local political action.
As one of the longest serving senior UK Cabinet Ministers of recent years, David led the Home Office (including Justice Ministry), Department of Education and Employment, and Department of Work and Pensions, with responsibility for priority setting and management of running highly sensitive Departments of State, employing tens of thousands of staff with budgets in the billions of pounds. Accordingly, David has led, run and managed organisations of exceptional scale importance, sensitivity and impact on national life.
As an MP and Shadow Minister, David was instrumental in modernising the Labour Party in the 1990s and readying it for thirteen years in power, so gaining extraordinary experience of change management at the top of national life in the most challenging of circumstances. As one of Tony Blair’s closest confidants, David was not only able to see government at work at the highest possible level but to contribute to broader policy including at times of considerable challenge.