David has been CEO of Babington for 18 months and previous to this was MD of Capita’s Apprenticeship and Training business, Head of Academies at British Gas and a Director in Babcock’s Education and Training business. In all he has been involved in the Sector for about 9 years as a provider and employer-provider and was a Teacher prior to this. During the past 3 years David has Chaired the Provider Reference Group for the ESFA, made up of a wide range of providers across FE, HE, EPAOs and the Independent sector to act as a support mechanism to initially develop the new funding rules and ultimately make the Levy and Standards a success. He was also Chair of one to the early Trailblazer groups to develop the Smart Meter Installer standard.
At Babington he manages a wide range of Grade 2 provision and contracts with the ESFA including Levy and Non-Levy apprenticeships, Adult Education Budget, 16-18 Study Programmes and both 16-18 and 19+ Traineeships. Babington also have contracts with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and West of England so he has a good understanding of the Devolved agenda as well and manages a wide range of subcontractors.