David Furmage
David Furmage
Creative & Cultural Senior Policy
GBSLEP

David is Creative & Cultural Senior Policy Lead at Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP). He is also West Midlands regional lead for the creative sector within the context of local industrial strategy and works closely on regional cultural policy and placemaking. GBSLEP is a business and industry-facing organisation focused on post-Covid recovery and smart, green inclusive growth, supporting our high growth sectors, High Streets and opening up opportunities for all of our communities. David has recently got an MA in Creative & Cultural Policy. Before this he ran a three-year EU project developing pan-European policies around creative cluster excellence, optimising sector intermediary’s effectiveness and developing innovative business support policies. He also worked as policy and strategy lead for the Digital & Creative sector at the Regional Development Agency in the West Midlands. In this role he developed and had oversight of £20m+ of sector projects. Before his public policy work David ran several creative businesses that evolved from television, through interactive media to learning systems and artificial intelligence. He started his career working in television, both BBC and ITV, as an editor, working on drama, documentary, and news output. David is passionate about what he does and enjoys photography as a creative outlet around all this policy stuff!