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David is a director of a consultancy practice researching and developing practical interventions to mitigate the effects of bullying and incivility for individuals, teams and services. He has lead projects at a senior level in the NHS and Civil Service. This work builds on his doctoral research into the necessity and difficulty of being ‘constructively awkward’ in organisations; a two-year secondment to the NHS Sign up to Safety Campaign; and a long career in leadership and organisational development at The King’s Fund (where he is a visiting senior consultant).

At The Kings Fund, David co-directed twelve cohorts of the Top Manager programme and led various senior leadership and board development projects. David previously worked for Tavistock Consulting and taught on the Tavistock’s doctorate programme in Consultancy. He has been a Chief Executive of a VCS organisation providing residential and nursing home care for people suffering from enduring mental illness and with learning disabilities. He was a service development manager in Haringey mental health services; the mental health advisor to the Leonard Cheshire Foundation; and a ward manager at the Maudsley Hospital.

David has a professional doctorate and a MA in organisational change. He trained in consultancy at the Tavistock, facilitation at the University of Surrey and has a diploma in psychodynamic counselling from Birkbeck.