David Bird is the Head of Santander's Corporate & Commercial Banking team for the South West, helping people and businesses realise their ambitions.
His 30 years in banking has covered a variety of roles across the UK, including lengthy spells in credit, commercial and corporate banking.
Santander have made a significant investment in supporting SME businesses across the UK and especially in the South West region in terms of experienced people and premises. The investment flows through into many charitable endeavours, an extensive part funded internship program, trade missions, Breakthrough and many unique offerings for internationally minded businesses such as the trade portal & trade club.
David and his team at Santander are passionate about the region and serving on the Statutory Board is a natural extension of that aim.
Devon and Cornwall Business Council (DCBC), is a private sector led, sub regional economic partnership. National, regional and local private and public sector organisations are represented at quarterly meetings designed to enhance the competitiveness of the region and facilitate economic development. These organisations represent some 40,000 businesses, from micro to large enterprises.
As the most powerful private sector voice for Devon and Cornwall, DCBC is often the first point of contact for many politicians, regional journalists and programme makers.
DCBC is funded through membership from key organisations in the peninsula.