David Brindle is the former public services editor of The Guardian. He enjoyed a long career with local and national newspapers and came to specialise in social policy issues, winning a number of awards for his coverage of health and social care, disability and the voluntary sector. He is a regular conference chair and speaker. He has been a board member of a series of charities, housing associations and social enterprises over the past 30 years and is currently chair of Ambient Support, which provides services for older people and those with learning disabilities and mental health issues. He is a member of various advisory committees, including those of the School for Social Care Research and the Centre for Care. He also volunteers as a mentor for the Growing Points social mobility charity.