David Hancock
David Hancock
Construction director
Cabinet Office

Dr David Hancock is a chartered engineer and the senior commercial advisor in the Cabinet Office providing construction and project support to Secretaries of State, Ministers and all Government Departments. A high-risk project reviewer across Government and a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy. He chairs the Government Construction Board and sits on a variety of across government boards including Cladding remediation, New Prisons Programme, Buckingham Palace refurbishment, British Antarctic Survey, the Construction Playbook steering group and is the non-executive chair of CIRIA. Prior to this from 2009-2016 he was Head of the PMO and Risk for TfL which included the 2012 Olympics and. Renowned internationally as a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of behavioural risk, he is the author of the bestselling book “Tame, Messy and Wicked Risk Leadership”. He has worked across public, private and voluntary sectors and was the risk director for the Terminal 5 Project, Heathrow. He promotes the case for rethinking project management as a collaborative social interaction rather than through rigorous application of process and policy.   A visiting fellow of Cranfield University business school. He has a Degree and PhD in engineering from the University of Nottingham alongside an MBA from the University of Bath.