Francis Davis FRSA is a speaker, social entrepreneur, policy advisor and writer who works on social innovation, small and medium sized business social responsibility; policy and philanthropy. He is especially interested in the renewal of civic leadership, entrepreneurship and participation.
Francis is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford and is an associate of the University of Oxford’s Centre on Mutuals and Employee Owned Enterprises; a member of Main Panel D for the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework 2014; and on the board of judges for the £500,000 Erste Foundation Prize for Social Integration and Innovation.
He was recently a policy advisor on the Big Society for the Secretary of State, and on Localism for the Localism Minister; he has published widely on religious voluntary action and faith based economic regeneration advising at UK Cabinet level in this regard
Previously he was CEO of a leading business in the cultural and creative industries and was involved both in the publication of the Wyndham Report exploring the economic significance of the London’s theatre ‘industry’ as well as government/industry working parties to enhance economic competitiveness in the media, print and graphic sectors. Davis was a co-founder and Chair (2004-07) of an award-winning social enterprise now employing close to a thousand staff and on the EU Board of the $100 million Mercy Corps International. His publications on economic migration, social inclusion and education have been cited on BBC TV Question Time, in parliament and been the subject of leader and opinion comment in The Economist, The Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Independent.