Speaker Profile

David Grayson


Cranfield School of Management

David Grayson is Professor Emeritus of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University School of Management. From 2007-17, he was director of Cranfield’s Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility and professor of Corporate Responsibility. He joined the world of management education in 2007 after a 30-year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business and diversity. This included founding Project North East (now PNE Group) – an innovative economic development social enterprise which has worked in nearly 60 countries); and serving as a Managing-Director of the responsible business network: Business in the Community.

He has been a visiting Senior Fellow at the CSR Initiative of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has an honorary doctorate from London SouthBank University. David has chaired or served on various charity, social enterprise and public sector boards, including the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales’ Innovation Trust, the Strategic Rail Authority, Housing & Care21 and the National Disability Council. He currently chairs the national charity Carers UK. During his career, he has done work with numerous multinationals as well as for the OECD, EU and World Bank. He sits on the Corporate Responsibility stakeholder advisory groups for Camelot and for Lloyds Bank; is part of the Circle of Advisers for Business Fights Poverty and for the Asian Institute of Management’s Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility. He is part of the faculty of The Forward Institute.

He was awarded an OBE for services to industry in 1994 and a CBE for services to disability in 1999. David has written seven books on responsible business, sustainability and social Intrapreneurism; and contributed to several others.

The Guardian has named David as one of ten top global tweeters on sustainable leadership: @DavidGrayson_

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