David joined World Habitat as Chief Executive in June 2014. He has been a housing activist all his working life, working for local authorities, government, the media and charities. He is a trustee of the charity Action Homeless and currently co-chairs the Association of Charitable Foundations Housing and Homelessness group. David is an Associate of the Centre for Comparative Housing Studies at DeMontfort University.
While Chief Executive of the Empty Homes Agency, David persuaded successive UK governments to introduce legislation and fund programmes to get empty homes back into use. These experiences have given David great optimism that the people and the means to ensure everyone has a safe and secure home already exist and that it is World Habitat’s job to help them achieve their goal.
David was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to housing.