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David Foster is a nurse, a midwife and a charity trustee.

Until 2016 he was a civil servant at the Department of Health most recently as Head of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit having previously been Deputy Chief Nursing Officer. In his 8 years at the Department he advised Ministers and policy teams on nursing, midwifery and allied health professions issues affecting the health and social care system.

David trained in nursing at the Middlesex Hospital, London and in midwifery at Falkirk and Stirling Royal Infirmaries in Scotland. His postgraduate career focused on adult intensive care nursing before moving into management and professional leadership roles. David ended his NHS career as Director of Nursing at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a visiting professor at Buckinghamshire New University and King’s College, London, has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University and is a member of the Court of London South Bank University. He is a trustee of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the Florence Nightingale Foundation and vice-chairman of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.