David Johnston | Business in the Community

Human Resources Practitioner

Prior to retiring in 2021, David had been a Human Resources practitioner for over 25 years, having worked in several high-profile, complex, and dynamic public service organisations, including: Inland Revenue Northern Ireland, Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Police Service of Northern Ireland.

His most recent position was Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. He was also a part-time lecturer – developing and delivering level 5 and level 7 CIPD and CMI courses. He is also a qualified leadership coach & mentor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management, and he retains his membership as a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

In 2021 he received the CIPD NI HR award for outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Northern Ireland.

David was a ‘Class of 2021’ participant on the Boardroom Apprentice programme, and was hosted by the Community Relations Council, whose functions focus on enhancing diversity and including across the communities in Northern Ireland, and delivering against The Executive Office’s (TEO’s) Good Relations Strategy.

Despite now being retired, David remains passionate about initiatives that enhance diversity & inclusion and social mobility, and is presently involved in a TEO initiative which seeks to increase representation of disabled persons on public boards.

Judge in the Diversity & Inclusion Award category of the Responsible Business Awards. Find out more at www.bitcni.org.uk/awards.