David is a career urban specialist and Co-Founder of Commonplace, the leading online public engagement platform. David has 35 years' experience in urban policy, leadership and community development. He has worked in the private and public sectors in Israel and the UK developing policies for urban change, sustainable transport and governance.
His work included leading the development of national policy for walking at the Campaign for Better Transport (Transport 2000) and responsibility for transport, sustainability as well as health policy areas at the Local Government Information Unit.
At Commonplace, David is the senior urban and local government specialist and has worked in the areas of Business Development, Customer Success and Communications. He has worked on over 200 projects including:
Roll-out of websites supporting the “Spaces for People” initiative coordinated by Sustrans in Scottish cities, towns and villages. Spaces for People engaged local residents in identifying possible changes to local travel, identifying opportunities for more active travel. Launched at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Commonplace delivered a dozen websites across Scotland, part of a wider collaboration with Sustrans and Scottish local government. These websites had some 90,000 visitors and 78,000 contributions.
“Connecting Leeds” - a strategic transport initiative in Leeds that has been rolling out over the past five years and is transforming travel and public spaces in the city. Commonplace is providing comprehensive public engagement support across the city and surroundings, with area-wide websites supplemented by highly-focused local engagement over specific junctions and designs. To date, 30 Commonplace websites for this programme have had 264,000 unique visitors.
In a voluntary capacity, David served for six years as Founding Chair of The Bike Project - a charity that refurbished donated bicycles and gives them to refugees. He also served as founding CEO of Israel’s sustainable transport campaign, Transport Today and Tomorrow.
David holds degrees in Urban Studies (BA, University of Sussex), Geography and Economics (PhD, London School of Economics) and Sustainable Architecture (MSc, Centre for Alternative Technology).