Commissioner - Social Mobility Commission

David Johnston


David Johnston is Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, a charity which runs a range of programmes that incorporate mentoring, internships, university application support and skills development to help young people from low-income backgrounds enter universities and professions.

In addition to being a governor at Pimlico Academy, a London secondary school, David is a governor of a sixth form college in London and is on the board of an organisation for 11 to 16 year olds in Oxfordshire.

Previous roles include:

  • Director of Future, a charity which supports organisations working with young people
  • coordinator of the Oxford Access Scheme, which runs residential programmes for 10 to 18 year olds

Commissioner - Social Mobility Commission

Responsibilities are:

  • supporting the chair and deputy chair by building and maintaining effective working relationships with them, other members of the commission and the secretariat, to ensure that the remit of the Social Mobility Commission is fulfilled fully, promptly and properly

  • maintaining and continuously updating their knowledge of policy developments, research evidence and delivery issues that have implications for improving social mobility and tackling child poverty

  • acting as an advocate for the social mobility agenda

Previous roles in government

  1. Commissioner - Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

    • 2012 to 2016