Speaker, facilitator, change-maker. Started working life trying to persuade people to buy a certain brand of washing-up liquid – in marketing management with Procter and Gamble. For most of my career, however, I have been a social entrepreneur -starting and/or running a number of public-private-community partnerships: eg co-founder / director of Project North East: www.pne.org; joint Managing-Director of Business in the Community; chairman of the UK Small Business Consortium.
I joined Cranfield School of Management as director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in April 2007.
I have chaired a number of public and charitable bodies such as Housing 21 – one of the leading providers of sheltered and extra care housing and care for older people; National Disability Council; Business Links Accreditation Board; and now chairs Carers UK and also the Institute of Business Ethics.
I speak, write & advise on business, society, entrepreneurialism, & future trends for businesses. My books are: “Corporate Social Opportunity: Seven Steps to make Corporate Social Responsibility work for your business” & “Everybody’s Business – Managing Risks & Opportunities in to-day’s global society” – both with Adrian Hodges; “Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability” (co-edited); Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present, and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism” co-authored with Jane Nelson; “Social Intrapreneurism and all that Jazz” with Melody McLaren and Heiko Spitzeck; “Take Care: How to be a great employer for working carers.” Latest book: “All In: The Future of Business Leadership” with Chris Coulter and Mark Lee published June 2018.
Speeches, articles etc are posted at Doughty Centre and www.DavidGrayson.net
Specialties: Business Purpose, Corporate Responsibility, Responsible Business and Corporate Sustainability, Enterprise Promotion and Small Business Development, Public-Private-Community Partnerships & Collaboration.