Dan joined New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) as Chief Executive in October 2011, following a varied career in public policy and economics. NPC works to transform the charity and not for profit sector through improving impact, effectiveness and productivity in the sector. The charity acts as a consultancy and as a think tank, working with both funders and charities. NPC have worked with BITC on the measurement and evaluation of the Business Connectors scheme.
Dan was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and then Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Economy from 2007 to 2010. He was Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury 2006-7. He worked as a special adviser to the Secretary of State in the Education Department (2005-6) and for 4 years as special adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry (1997-2001). He also did spells at the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2001-2) and the Department of Communities and Local Government (2006).
He began his career as a labour market economist at the Department of Employment and worked at the Treasury from 1986-89. He was a Director in the Economics segment of FTI Consulting from 2010-11.
In addition to working at senior levels of government, between 2002 and 2005 Dan ran the New Local Government Network think tank, which was voted Think Thank of the Year in 2004, and was Senior Economist at the IPPR in the 1990s.
Dan is a Visiting Fellow at Southampton University, a trustee of 19 Princelet Street charity, and a member of the Greater Manchester Economic Advisory Panel, the ESRC Research Committee and the Impetus-PEF Trust advisory board.