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David Hawkins has spent 15 years in government relations, corporate affairs and the arts. Following an internship at Number 10, he started his career at leading lobbying company Westminster Strategy before moving to PR agency GBC. After working for the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 he worked at Business in the Community where he led on policy and public affairs, particularly championing the removal of the many blocks that face homeless and other excluded groups. Concurrent to BITC he advised and wrote speeches for John J. Studzinski CBE, Senior Managing Director and global head Blackstone Advisory Partners. After a year at leading communications ageny Blue Rubicon he moved to Arts & Business where he consulted on philanthropy, public policy and strategy.

He is a Board member of Larimar Stone film fund and UK and an advisor to responsible business certification company ETHICS. David is a retained advisor to Satish K Modi, Chairman of Modi Global Enterprises and as Executive Director of Arts for India, the Modi foundation, is leading on the fundraising campaign to build capacity and teaching networks between the Modinagar-based International Institute of Fine Arts, the University of the Arts London and the Princes Drawing School. David is Chairman of the Programme and Development Committee of Benjamin Franklin House and a member of the development council of Asia House.

In 2011 David was nominated to be a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Food poverty: Time to lift the veil?

A century on from Charles Booth’s famous Poverty Map of London, accurate information on poverty has never been more important. So the findings of...

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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...

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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...