Mr David Knowles has over 24 years experience in the NHS. He has also worked in the private sector and in consultancy. He began his career in the NHS as part of the management training scheme. Mr Knowles has held senior posts in general management and planning in both the acute and community health sectors, working at the Queen Elizabeth and Heartlands Hospitals in Birmingham and with Wolverhampton Community Services. Currently he participates in a variety of regional and national working groups looking at planning and contracting issues in the NHS.