A ‘good crisis’?
“I think the sector has had a good crisis. The industry has been more open, collaborative and supportive that we usually give ourselves credit for,”
“I am optimistic that the way in which our sector has kept going, and the economic and social significance of our sector is enormous, and I think that’s now much more recognised than it was nine months ago. We’ve done better than a lot of other sectors and, long term, maybe that will make our sector even more attractive to lots of people who are looking where to build their careers in the world that follows the crisis.”
A major focus of the interview is social justice, and David speaks passionately about the need to encourage diversity and inclusion, and particularly, to tackle racism. He discusses Wates’ “anti-racism listening groups” where black and Asian workers spoke about their life experiences.
“It was some of the most powerful and draining and thought-provoking sessions of my career. We recognise that we’re on a journey and we’re learning in that area and it’s a journey we’re going to continue in because it’s important.”