David Robinson has been appointed as the new Chair of Common Purpose UK (CPUK). He will replace our previous Chair, Bishop Tim Stevens, who has decided to step down from the Board because of the many and increasing competing demands on his time. The CPUK Board placed on record their thanks for the enormous contribution Bishop Tim has made during his four years as Chair and unanimously appointed David as the new Chair. David has also been appointed to the Board of the Common Purpose Charitable Trust. 

David has spent 27 years in the apparel and sports sector, starting his career at Puma UK before moving to Speedo International in 1995. Over this time he has developed a multidisciplinary career which started in the commercial function before broadening to lead teams across product, marketing and supply chain. He joined the Speedo Executive team in 2000 before becoming Global President in 2008. After eight years of leading Speedo through its most successful period of growth, he became CEO of Le Chameau, the prestigious country wear brand, in June 2017.

David, the incoming Chair, spoke about being appointed: “Since I first experienced a Common Purpose programme I have been struck by its positive impact on leaders and cities, and the incredible energy and commitment of its staff. I’m honoured to be involved as Chair. Now more than ever, the UK needs Common Purpose and its ability to cross boundaries and bring people from different sectors together.”

Bishop Tim, the outgoing Chair, told us: “I became Chair of Trustees of CPUK because I believe we need more civic engagement and leadership. All my experience of Common Purpose has shown me that its educational work is invaluable in the strengthening of communities and the promotion of active citizenship. This is made possible by its independence, openness, commitment and professionalism. The organization and team deserve more time and attention than I can currently commit. So I am delighted that David has been appointed as Chair and am certain that CPUK will continue to grow with his support.”

Marie Mohan, CEO of Common Purpose UK, said: “Since becoming CEO I have welcomed Tim’s calm, guiding presence as Chair. His experience of leadership and of civil society has been invaluable to CPUK. He is a living example of our brand values - always serious, clearly passionate and very real. David’s years of experience and target-orientated focus will be invaluable, and I look forward to working with him to develop ever more leaders across the UK.”