Director of the Office for Civil Society

David Knott

David Knott



David was appointed Director of the Office for Civil Society (OCS), within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in November 2017. He is responsible for OCS’ work collaborating with civil society, government and business to enrich lives, drive inclusive growth and build a more shared society.

He was previously Deputy Director of OCS. Among other roles he has worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Cabinet Office, Department for International Development, and as an adviser on public administration reform in more than a dozen countries.

David holds two economics degrees and a Masters of Public Policy from the LSE and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Director of the Office for Civil Society

Main responsibilities:

  • Supporting people to thrive and give back to their communities, a mission including the National Citizen Service, #IWill Campaign, Community Organisers, and Centre for Social Action.

  • Mobilising private investment, responsible business and alternative models of delivery, an ‘inclusive growth’ agenda including Social Impact Bonds, the Government Outcomes Lab, Impact Investing, Inclusive Economy

  • Partnership, Public Service Mutuals, and the Dormant Assets.

  • Fostering an independent and self-sustaining civil society in all its forms, from charities to community groups and social enterprises, through a ‘strategy and partnerships’ agenda including the civil society strategy and work with key partners including the Charity Commission and Big Lottery Fund.