David joined Creative Lives as Scotland Policy and Parnerships Coordinator in January 2023.

His experience and community expertise spans 25 years across a variety of sectors. David spent 15 years in elected office, holding senior political roles in Scotland's largest local authority and served as the Chair of the UK's largest cultural trust, helping to shape cultural and creative opportunities ranging from international festivals and events to supporting community activity.

Away from politics, David is passionate about the power of communities, he is a Community Education graduate of the University of Strathclyde and has worked in the community, third and non-governmental sectors in Scotland and across Europe.

David retains an active involvement as a volunteer with a number of community, arts and heritage organisations, including those he helped found within his own local community and in 2022 he was appointed by the Scottish Government to the Board of the national sports agency, Sport Scotland.  David lives in Glasgow, he finds joy in walking, music and travelling to new places.