Skills for Care

Sir David Pearson

Co-Chair, adult social care workforce strategy steering group

Sir David Pearson


David has a wide range of experience and expertise in social care and health, nationally and locally. He was the Director of Adult Social Care and Health for 14 years and the Deputy Chief Executive for Nottinghamshire County Council. He was elected the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in 2014-15. He was the Chair of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Health and Care System between 2016 and 2021.

In 2017, he was appointed as an independent advisor to the Government on the Social Care Green Paper in England. In June 2020 David was asked to lead the Government Taskforce on COVID-19 in the social care sector. In January and February of 2022, he chaired another Government task force on the delivery and take up of vaccine boosters in social care. He was the Co-Chair of a Commission on the future of housing with care and support conducted by SCIE.

David is the Chair of TEC Quality, which has the only externally validated Quality Service Framework in the UK for technology-enabled care.

David is a System Transformation Advisor on the integration of health and social care for NHS England and is the Co-Chair of the National Multidisciplinary Professional Leaders Network. He is also a Senior Intervenor for the NHS in situations where people with a learning Disability and Autism are in segregated settings on a long-term basis. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the social care research programme in England.

David was appointed to the Expert Panel of the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee in November 2022.

David was awarded a CBE in 2016 for services to adult social care and a Knighthood in the 2021 New Year’s Honours for services to health and social care integration.