David is Director of Community at Coin Street Community Builders, leading the award-winning social enterprise’s work in the community, nestled by the South Bank in London. This includes housing cooperatives, nursery, children’s centre, gym and sports facilities, youth work, social action and an enterprise, arts and wellbeing offer for adults and seniors.
David draws on 25 years of experience working with communities to create change. He started his career as a community worker – knocking on doors, turning pub lounges into parent and toddler sessions, and teaming up with residents to problem solve together. He has never lost the instinct to listen for the bark of a dog before putting the leaflet through the letterbox!
Since then, he has run grant programmes helping community groups build new parks and greenspaces from scratch and supporting “at risk” young people to makeover their neighbourhoods and build leadership skills; led a consultancy team advising charities on strategy, fundraising and partnerships; steered policy work and advocacy on green infrastructure; and designed and delivered large-scale philanthropy initiatives nationally and internationally across a range of cause areas for clients including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cabinet Office.
David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a fully certified member of the Institute of Fundraising.