David Irwin is a social entrepreneur and a consultant in enterprise and economic development working with clients such as DANIDA, Department for International Development, Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, World Bank, Gates Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. He was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2009.
He is non executive Chairman of Cobweb Information Ltd, a business which researches, publishes and markets business information. He is a trustee of Sunderland Youth Enterprise Trust, a member of the Investment Committee of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme and Chairman of the International Association for Enterprise Promotion.
From early 2000 till 2002, he was Chief Executive of the Small Business Service. Before joining SBS, he co-founded Project North East (PNE), one of the UK’s leading enterprise and economic development agencies, and was its chief executive for 20 years.
David has an Honours Degree in Engineering Science and Management from Durham and then completed the Advanced Course in Production Methods and Management at Cambridge University. He completed his MBA in 1986.