David Walker

Head of Leisure & Road Safety


David leads on the development of policy and advice for RoSPA members and networks overseeing the executive and programme support for the National Water Safety Forum, including the Water Incident Database (WAID). He is an author of the UK drowning prevention strategy, an external advisor to the recent Australian drowning prevention strategy and a technical contributor to a number of WHO and UK Government programmes including most recently Covid-19 re-opening impacts, and the MCA Managing beach safety advice. David sits on the managing group for the Leisure Expert Panel in support of RoSPA's contribution towards better sector safety regulation.

David has previously worked on Commonwealth and Olympic Games, led and guided adventurous activities. He has led on fatal accident investigation and independent reviews in Manchester, Bristol and Durham in recent years. Current programmes of interest include; supporting the development of the regulatory framework for E-Scooters & promotion of active travel; evaluation and application of AI/ML technologies to drowning and road risk, crowd safety environments; revisions to a number of HSE and Government guidance.

David is boyhood member of The Salford Lads Club and a graduate from The University of Salford. He is married to Polly and lives in Birmingham with their two young children. He doesn't get enough sleep.

David Walker will be speaking at the following sessions.

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