David Barnes

David became a co-opted member of the Audit Committee at Regent’s University in 2016 and became a Trustee in March 2017. Until December 2015 David was a partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP and retired from the practice after almost 35 years’ service, during which time he had a number of roles, including being an audit partner in the firm’s London and Manchester offices, an elected member of the Partnership Oversight Board (responsible for the governance of the firm), and being Head of the Education Sector from 2000 to 2015 with experience of working with a wide range of universities, including large research based institutions through to new universities and performing arts conservatoires, FE colleges, independent schools and academies.

Since retiring from Grant Thornton has become a founding director in Edscencio, set up by senior leaders from commerce, accountancy and banking, with extensive experience of the higher education and further education sectors to provide senior level advice to educational institutions undergoing mergers or restructuring, particularly where there are complex banking arrangements and facilities in place.

As well as his professional work, he has a wide range of interests including long distance walking, running and general personal wellbeing; he recently trekked with his daughter to Everest Base Camp passing over the challenging High Passes on route. He is also learning the piano – now getting near to taking his Grade 8 exam.

Previously he has carried out a number of non-executive appointments, including having been the Treasurer at the Portico Library in Manchester, and the bursar governor of an independent school in Cheshire.
He is married with three children.