He has been the Strategic Director of Development at the City Council for the last five years and had a key role in projects such as the New University Hospital, Birmingham Bull Ring, the removal of Masshouse Circus, the opening up of the East Side Regeneration Project and the production of the City’s first Transport Strategy for more than 80 years.
He arrived from York City Council in 1995 – where he had been Director of Development – and became the City Council’s first Director of Transportation. Later he integrated the work of Transportation and Development Departments to create the Strategic Directorate which has since gained a national reputation for its co-ordinated approach to Birmingham’s development. During a time of considerable change momentum was maintained in one of the most successful urban regeneration programmes in the country.
“The very nature the work I am involved in is long term and much is ongoing and remains to be done. There is never a perfect time to leave but wherever I can continue to be of assistance to the City and the Council I will. I have had the opportunity to be involved in some fantastic work with some fantastic people and have had the privilege to lead a great team. I hope and believe that I have been able to make a difference to the lives of the people of this great City”.
Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive, added
"David has been a tower of strength and a font of knowledge for the Council and City for many years. His going will leave a gap that we will have to work very hard to fill. We hope that in the meantime David will continue to support the Council on some key projects. All his colleagues wish him well for the future and thank him for his dedicated hard work that has made a real improvement to the lives of Birmingham's people".