David Simmonds has served as an Ickenham councillor and Hillingdon’s Deputy Leader since 2002. He was a Hillingdon councillor for Cowley ward before the boundary changes of 2002. He has led on education and children's services and overseen the progress of the borough in raising standards for children, with over 90% of schools now good or outstanding (OFSTED) and every child able to get a local school place.
His national work has included chairing the LGA Children and Young People Board from 2011-15 and the Improvement and Innovation Board 2015-16. As chairman of the Asylum and Refugee Task Group he led the political work with government developing the Syrian resettlement programme and the National Transfer Scheme to support refugee children.
David’s professional background is in finance, where he worked for high street banks after qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Insurers in 1997. Born in Kent and educated at a comprehensive school in Pontypridd, then at Durham University, he has been Hillingdon’s Deputy Leader since 2002.
He was previously a non-executive director at NHS Hillingdon, and at European level, he was a founding member and chairman of the education employers’ organisation for Europe. He also served as co-ordinator for the Education Commission of the Committee of the Regions and in negotiations with accession states and potential members on local government matters.
In politics, as well as being a councillor, he contested two parliamentary elections and serves as treasurer of the national Conservative Councillors’ Association.
His voluntary work includes service as a magistrate in North West London, as a trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation, and as a member of the Congress of the Council of Europe.
He was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours List.