David Grayson was born and grew up near Sheffield, in the North of England. After a youthful dalliance with national and international politics, and a brief spell working for an international, fmcg (fast-moving consumer goods company), be became a social entrepreneur, starting or running several public-private-community partnerships. These have been focused on small business development, youth enterprise, disability rights and more recently, the role of business in society. In 2007, he was appointed to run the new Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management in the UK. He lives in central London.