David Southward has been a member of Cumbria County Council since 1997. He represents the electoral division of Egremont and is currently cabinet member for Economic Development. David is a key voice on issues affecting west Cumbria and is the county council’s lead member for nuclear issues as well as skills’ development, economic regeneration and the council’s property portfolio. David represents the county council on the Local Management Committee of the European Regional Development Fund, the Investment Panel of Cumbria’s Local Enterprise Partnership, chairs the Connecting Cumbria Partnership Board, is chair of Invest in Cumbria and is a board member of Cumbria Tourism. He is also a director of Britain’s Energy Coast, the Copeland Community Fund and a governor of West Lakes Academy in Egremont.

Born in Maryport, David was educated at Carlisle Grammar School and studied civil engineering at Imperial College, London. In his early career he worked in Australia, Romania and London before joining BNFL as a construction manager in 1980. In London he was a member of design teams for a number of nuclear related projects across the UK and in his 26 years at Sellafield he managed the construction of numerous projects predominantly in the Active Area.

Married with three grown up children David lives in Beckermet. In 2005 he was awarded an MBE for services to the community that included 24 years as a Scout Leader, ten years as a governor of Beckermet Primary School and twelve years as a governor of Wyndham School. His other interests include fell walking, photography and modern languages.