Director General, Business and Science

Gareth Davies


Gareth Davies has been Director General, Business and Science since December 2016. Prior to this he was a Director General in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Before joining BIS he worked for AIA in south east Asia leading on finance and operational transformation. Over the last decade Gareth has worked in Downing Street as the Prime Minister’s lead adviser on welfare reform, been Head of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and was a Executive Board member of both the Cabinet Office and the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills.

Gareth spent his early career in PricewaterhouseCoopers, specialising in privatisation, investment appraisal and competition policy.

Director General, Business and Science

The Director General is responsible for the following areas:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • business innovation
  • disruptive businesses and shocks
  • industrial strategy
  • infrastructure and materials
  • intellectual property
  • life sciences
  • professional and business services
  • retail
  • research and innovation reform
  • science and research
  • small business

Previous roles in government

  1. Non-executive board member, IPO

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Director General, Business and Science, BIS

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, BIS

    • 2015 to 2015
  4. Executive Director, Government Innovation Group

    • 2009 to 2013