David became the First Civil Service Commissioner, and the Commissioner for Public Appointments, on 1 April 2011.
David was Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from January 2006 to December 2010. His early career in the Civil Service involved a range of jobs in the fields of employment, training and industrial relations, and included a time as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Employment. As Regional Director for Employment Services for London and the South East he was responsible for 500 offices and 10,000 staff. He moved through a series of senior positions in the Department for Education, and the Department for Education and Employment, including Director for Personnel and Corporate Services, and Director General for Schools. In 2001 he was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills, a post he held until the end of 2005 when he joined the Home Office.
As Permanent Secretary, David made a particular specialism of senior leadership development and human resources. In 2008 he chaired a special steering group that reported to the Cabinet Secretary on workforce and reward strategy for the Senior Civil Service. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
He received a KCB in 2005 and was appointed GCB in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list.
Register of Interests
The Commissioner’s Register of Interests discloses relevant interests in a publicly accessible form. A relevant interest is any interest – whether direct or indirect, pecuniary or non-pecuniary – which might influence the Commissioner’s judgement or which could be perceived by a reasonable member of the public to influence the Commissioner’s judgement, in the exercise of her duties as Commissioner. This includes such interests of close family members and of people living in the same household.