David Davis served as Conservative Party Chairman and shadow Deputy Prime Minister, but to many he is best known for resigning his seat and stepping down as shadow Home Secretary on a point of principle. He has since established himself as an influential backbencher, and as Chair of the Future of Banking Commission.
Before entering the Commons, David worked as a troubleshooter and strategist for Tate & Lyle, becoming a main board director. Apart from driving the recovery of loss-making subsidiaries he was central in reconfiguring the company. He also contributed pieces to the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times on industrial relations to management techniques – and wrote a book based on his experience. How to Turn Round a Company is as relevant today as it was in 1989.
Soon after his election to Parliament David was invited to join the Government. His first role was in the Cabinet Office, responsible for policy delivery and public service performance, and some aspects of intelligence oversight. He moved to the Foreign Office asEuropeand Security Command Minister, then became Science Minister (as befits a graduate in molecular science). When Blair’s New Labour were elected he stood for the leadership of the Conservatives, and was appointed Chairman of the all-powerful Public Accounts Committee.
In presentations David often explores the concept of ‘fairness’ and its effects on politics, social mobility and society. He also suggests that anything less than a full Coalition term would result in mutually assured destruction for both parties.