Dave Simmonds OBE is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Inclusion. He has been involved in employment, skills and regeneration policy for the past 25 years and is one of the UK’s leading commentators on welfare to work.
Dave has a wide policy overview and in-depth expertise in a number of areas, including labour market economics and policy, disadvantage and social exclusion, learning and adult skills policy, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal, and area-based initiatives. As an economic geographer, he also has a background in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Dave has experience of working with a wide range of organisations, from local community groups to government at senior levels, and was awarded an OBE in the honours list for summer 2005. Dave has been a special advisor to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, the OECD Local Economic Employment and Development programme, and the Houghton Review on Tackling Worklessness.
Previously, Dave worked as a director for the National Lottery Charities Board and for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He has also worked in local government.