David established GENECON in 2004 following a professional
career in public and private sectors, including in local government
and a global management consultancy. Having worked at a senior
level in economic development and urban regeneration for over 30
years, he has been involved in most of the key areas of change in
the UK's urban landscape including core cities and growth points as
well as areas undergoing fundamental economic transition.
He specialises in economic growth strategy and project
advice from an economic perspective. He understands the dynamics of
urban economies and the evidence required to assess competitive
performance and to develop clear and achievable local growth plans.
His strategy work in cities such as Leeds and Sunderland and
sub-regions such as the Black Country, Tees Valley, the Fylde
Coast, East Sussex and Kent has promoted fresh approaches
to place economics. He has consistently promoted a focus on the
economics of urban investment, working alongside leading urban
design practitioners and other disciplines to ensure
that growth-based investments in infrastructure and business
support has a coherent rationale, capable of leveraging
private investment and jobs.
David has led successful case-making to Government for many key
economic and regeneration projects including several successful
project and programme bids for Regional Growth Fund and
supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships in relation to Growth
Deals, Growing Places Fund, Enterprise Zones and other
new funding streams. He has been a national economic adviser to
the HCA since its establishment, advising on the economic
case for investments across the UK.
His recent influential work for BIS on high street performance
& futures, his role as a retained economic adviser to
HS2 on the case for high speed rail, and his close
involvement in providing strategic advice to LEPs, has
been instrumental in driving economic policy and investment
strategies across the UK.
David also understands the local delivery challenge - he has
advised on new governance models to drive local economic growth and
delivery vehicles, as well as innovative public-private
collaborations in fields such as renewable energy and business
T: 0113 245 2200