David Thorne (He/Him)
David is a proven commercial business leader with 30 years of regulated utility experience. David oversees, and supports the development of, the strategy for The Equal Group.
David understands first-hand how businesses struggle to embed equality, diversity and inclusion on a day-to day basis despite good intentions. However, he has also seen how the power of diversity and inclusion can be harnessed to great effect.
Over the last three decades, David has held senior positions in both public and private sector organisations focusing on regulated markets. Working for the water and energy regulators followed by the largest regulated energy supplier(British Gas) has heightened his understanding and appreciation of differing, competing perspectives, but also the necessity to significantly diversify those viewpoints. He was Chief Executive of Gemserv, an energy, environmental and data consultancy, for eight years leading the company to triple its revenues profitably employing over 150 people. He understands how the pressures of running a business can impact the priority of EDI, but also how first small steps can lead to real progress to reap rewards for the company, its people, and society.
David believes embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace can dramatically improve performance, productivity and innovation by enabling all your people to share the best that they can be.