David took up his appointment as the Scottish Charity Regulator's second Chief Executive in October 2011.
He was born and brought up in the North-East of Scotland, and joined the Scottish Office as a trainee in 1990. As a trainee he worked in planning, health policy and local government reorganisation and in 1993 he became Private Secretary to Sir Hector Monro, MP, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, Sport and the Arts. In 1995-96 David was seconded to help establish the Cairngorms Partnership (now the National Park Authority). On his return, David worked in a range of roles, covering housing policy, social inclusion, First Minister's Policy Unit, NHS workforce, public bodies policy and public service improvement. In October 2007, David joined the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) for two and a half years as Director of Policy and Development, leading the work to prepare the SPSO for new roles and new areas of jurisdiction. Between 2010 and 2011, David returned to the Scottish Government, leading work on public service reform strategy as Head of Public Service Reform and Efficiency, where he sponsored the Christie Commission and helped prepare the Government's response. He also represented the Scottish Government on the Board of Quality Scotland, and is currently Chair of the Scottish Government Delivery Bodies Group.
David is married, with two daughters (almost grown-up, but still on the payroll!), and lives in Edinburgh. Tweets as @DavidRobb22