David Walker is New Head of Policy for Academy and Campaign

The Academy of Social Sciences and the Campaign are delighted to welcome the well-known journalist and commentator David Walker AcSS as their new Head of Policy. David brings long experience of policy and communications to the post.

He is a journalist and public affairs executive by background. During his career he was a leader writer on The Times and Chief Leader Writer for The Independent before joining The Guardian as Analysis Editor. He presented the Analysis programme on BBC Radio Four for several years and worked in the Britain section of The Economist.

After leaving full-time journalism he became Managing Director of the Audit Commission and more recently has been part-time Director of getstats at the Royal Statistical Society and a contributing editor at Guardian Public. He is a non-executive director of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Governance and Ethics Council of UK Biobank. Other board roles have included NatCen, Places for People and the Nuffield Trust. Until autumn 2013 he was Chair of the ESRC Methods and Infrastructure Committee, after seven years on ESRC Council.

His books include, with Polly Toynbee, The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Unjust Rewards; with Jeremy Tunstall Media Made in California: Hollywood, Politics and the News; and, with Peter Hennessy, Sources Close to the Prime Minister.

David was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Sussex and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes.