David Barker's Website

Standing as an independent candidate for Common Councilman in the
Farringdon Within by-election!

Thank you for visiting my website to find out more about my standing for election as a Common Councilman in Farringdon Within!

On the website I've shared projects I'm involved with in communities, the work I do as a social entrepreneur, and then testimonials from people who have seen the impact of what I do and stand for.

I also recently won an award for my charity work featured in City Matters that may be of interest: https://www.citymatters.london/david-barker-scoops-herald-award

I believe election candidates should be judged by what they already do to benefit society as a citizen and not just what is said in an election campaign. I hope you can see the efforts I'm already making, and will continue to make, to help improve society for all!

I would love to hear from you and discuss how I can best represent you in Farringdon Within. I am very happy to have a call or arrange a face-to-face meeting. My email address is david@davidbarker.london and my mobile is 07510 674 359.

I look forward to hearing from you and speaking soon.

David Barker FRSA,
Farringdon Within.

In the Community

Some of the projects I volunteer with include:

Community Chess Club

Co-founder of community chess club Portsoken Ward, City of London where we meet every Saturday in a local cafe.

An excellent way for elderly local people to stay mentally active whilst engaging and supporting our youth to develop new skills!

Green Energy

Board Director of City of London Community Energy (CoLCE) working in partnership with the housing estates.

CoLCE, started by Councilman Jason Pritchard and Repowering London, will see solar panels on Middlesex Street Estate by 2020, scaling up to other estates soon after!

Community Events

Director of Aldgate Community Events, bringing arts, performances and activities to the Aldgate area.

We have successfully launched projects including a community play, Exhibitions in a Suitcase and Winter Wonderland.

School Governor

Governor of Ada Lovelace School, a new school launched in 2018 with a special focus on technology.

Scrutiny Panel Member

City of London Police Community Scrutiny Panel Member as a resident of the Middlesex Street Estate.

Education Committee

Chair of Education & Training Committee at Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Founder of Techcentre, The Social Innovation Agency

I created Techcentre to innovate new social enterprise start-ups in partnership with clients to tackle issues we face in society. Example innovations to-date include:

Popup Skills Academies

After researching why so many people are trapped in unemployment, I invested in developing popup skills academies that can open anywhere in the UK and train people long-term unemployed into work.

So far the popup academies have opened in 7 UK towns and cities.


Too many students graduate into unemployment or underemployment. Placer has innovated a new business model in partnership with universities to scale up work experience to increase student employability to move into worthwhile work.

Find out more here: www.placer.co.uk.

Volunteering Platform

The Volunteering Platform brings together volunteers from Livery Companies, membership organisations and employers to help schools with career talks, employability days, extracurricular activities and school governance.

Find out more here: www.thevp.org.uk.


Read testimonials from people who have got to know me and what I stand for:

Jon, Business Associate

“David is tireless, connected, strategic, astute, positive, purposeful and principled. For me, it’s a joy and privilege to know David Barker.

Jon Brewer, Director of Development at Global Cyber Alliance

Rose, ACE Director

"David is mindful of the importance of community and what really matters. He is a great contributor - a valuable asset and I am honoured to be a fellow director."

Rose Naigaga, Golden Lane Estate / Director of Aldgate Community Events

Jon, Head of 6th Form

"David worked tirelessly as a business mentor with our sixth form students, inspiring them to challenge themselves to transform their life chances"

Jon Wilson, Lilian Baylis Technology School, London

Helen, SEN Specialist

"David's energy and drive has enabled a greater number of Special Needs students access to technology, training and first class teaching opportunities."

Helen Simon, Chair of Special Educational Needs Committee

Mohammed, Resident

"David contributes a lot to our community and through his charity work. He is a great chess player, a man of his word and very honest!"

Mohammed El Baaj, Mansell Street Estate, City of London

Sofia, David's wife

"As a couple, we are blessed we can support each other in our mission to tackle issues in our community and the City of London."

Sofia Barker, Middlesex Street Estate, City of London

Lee, apprentice

"After six months of unemployment, no money, and living at home on handouts, my motivation and confidence were at their lowest and my vision of a career was becoming more of a dream than a reality.

David gave me a chance when no-one would and will be forever grateful to you for shaping me into the professional I am today!"

Kat, apprentice

“After being made redundant, I was signing on one day when I was told about David’s training programmes for people long-term unemployed. I applied immediately and was accepted!

I really felt a sense of belonging again. My abilities were recognised, and because of that, I now believe in myself. I can’t thank you enough for that!”

Hassan, apprentice

"Before David found me, I was on Jobseeker’s Allowance, and getting a real job seemed like a far-off fantasy. Day after day, I’d apply for countless jobs, only to hear back from none.

David risked his life savings and more developing his popup skills academies for people unemployed and they worked – I now run my own business!"

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Further Testimonials

My autobiography was published recently and you may wish to read the Amazon reader reviews for insights into my journey trying to improve society for others.

“I met David recently. I was immediately impressed by his steely determination to tackle the injustices he sees in society and willingness to make the world a better place.”

Darryl Howes

“The passion for development, justice and young people seen in his story is amazing and can serve as a hope for many of us.”

Amal Shakeel

Contact Me

Thank you for taking the time to view my website. I look forward to hearing from you and speaking soon.

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Thank You For Your Support

David Barker, standing as an independent candidate for Common Councilman in Farringdon Within.