David Seymour joined Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) in June 2019 to lead the development of the UK Health Data Research Alliance (the ‘Alliance’) and other strategic partnerships. He is currently the interim Chief of Staff and Alliance Executive Director, working with data custodians across the UK to maximise the potential of multiple forms of health data for research and innovation purposes to drive improvements in human health and economic growth. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has led HDR UK’s work to accelerate access to linked data for priority research to inform public policy.

David has extensive experience of working at the interface of public and private sectors through a wide variety of consulting roles with the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, McKinsey & Company and as co-founder of two public service focused consultancies. He has also served as an Army Officer with the Royal Signals and is a graduate of Durham University.

Alongside his role at HDR UK, David is a director of Fusion48, working with his clinical colleagues to support health and care organisations adopt a system-wide approach to the care and support of older people living with frailty.