David joined the Care Leavers' Association (CLA) in October 2010. He works closely with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement the CLA’s long-term strategy and to ensure that it fully meets its mission and objectives.
David coordinates the work of the CLA's staff team and manages the day-to-day operations. However, the post is national so he often travels throughout the UK to deliver training, attend conferences or meetings and promote our campaigns. He is the first port of call for inquiries from the media.
David does not have direct experience of being in care but has worked closely with care leavers throughout an extensive career in the voluntary sector and has direct experience of the adoption process. His employment history includes spells working within supported accommodation and delivering outreach services to young people. Prior to joining the CLA, he was an Assistant Director at the Big Life Group working to empower disadvantaged groups to help themselves and focusing on areas such as homelessness, employment and improving mental health and wellbeing.