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Francis Davis

Chief Executive at Cathedral Innovation Centre

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.

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT...

Championing renewed leadership in governance and business practice

It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s...

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

Yesterday’s letter from Ford to its employees was the latest chapter in the economic debate on Britain’s EU membership, which has largely focused on the...