Meet the Police and Crime Commissioner
David Sidwick was declared as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset on Friday, May 7.
Since taking up office, David has taken on a national role as the joint lead on alcohol and substance misuse for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. He shares this role with Durham PCC Joy Allen.
David was born in Bournemouth and attended St Luke's Primary School in Winton, followed by Bournemouth School. Dorset has always been his home apart from when he studied Anatomical Science at The University of Bristol. After graduating, he joined the pharmaceutical industry as a representative for Parke-Davis. His first area was Dorset and as his job involved a lot of travelling across the county, his love for the countryside was strengthened even more.
During his career within the sector, he undertook many rewarding management and marketing roles, one of which was joining the UK Management Board for Parke-Davis as CNS Therapy Director (Marketing Director). During this time, he also achieved an MBA with Distinction from Manchester University.
Throughout his various roles, he was responsible for substantial budgets and members of staff. One of his top achievements was to bring to market the first treatment for neuropathic pain in Europe against strong US opposition. This career gave him a thorough grounding in strategy, communication and resource allocation.
What's more, these experiences proved to be invaluable when he subsequently decided to set up his own business. For nearly two decades, STAC Consultancy facilitated the education of more than 17,500 secondary care consultants in areas such as chronic pain, epilepsy, dementia and multiple sclerosis. His professional career has given him experience of large multi-national organisations as well as the needs of a small, lean business.
He has also been the secretary of a foundation which awarded more than a quarter of a million pounds of grant funding to medical professionals. He was also a Non-Executive Director for a healthcare company and was instrumental in trebling their turnover.
For the past decade, he has been a governor at Bournemouth School. Since becoming Vice Chair/Chair, he led a strategic review which meant a change in vision to ensure the most local community focussed and progressive admission policy in the UK which allowed the acquisition of the largest capital investment since the 1970s.
He is happily married and a father, and hopefully in the not too distant future will be welcoming a puppy into the family too.
In his spare time he enjoys playing board games with his friends and family and getting out in the Dorset countryside - it's a bonus if a pub lunch is involved too!