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Francis Davis is the founder of the Cathedral Innovation Centre and movement first show-cased in Res Publica’s Making It Mutual collection. A graduate of Warwick Business School and London (SOAS) university and has taught social enterprise, social sciences and community development at Cambridge and Oxford. His publications on enterprise, EU anti-poverty strategies, migration, public service reform, and social innovation have been the subject of parliamentary debates and cited in national and international academic and media publications and output (including BBTV Radio 4, BBC TV Question Time , US National Public Radio, The Economist, Los Angeles Times and the Straits Times). Recent media credits include BBC Radio 4, BBC World News and industry publications. Francis is a trustee of Solent MIND and from 1992-2007 he was a co-founder and then chair of a social enterprise of the year now employing a thousand staff in the health and social care sector, from 2009-10 Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government working with both Labour and the Coalition.

He is also a non exec director of a local authority mutual spin out business and a member of the Higher Education Funding Council Panel D on creative enterprises and area studies for the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and in demand as a consultant and speaker. In his spare time he is a long distance walker and wild swimmer.