Meet the Candidates: David Blackmore Carew

David Blackmore Carew is one of two candidates standing for the role of Elected Trustee this year.

Current grade of membership: Chartered

Current employment: Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour, School of Management, Cranfield University

Current roles within the society: Deputy Chair of Qualifications Committee

Previous roles within the society: Division of Occupational Psychology Board Chair; Qualification in Occupational Psychology Board Chair; Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology Training Committee

Membership of society member networks: Division of Occupational Psychology


David Blackmore Carew
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Central to my approach has always been the ethos of service as I see this as core to being a psychologist.
David Blackmore Carew
David Blackmore Carew - Nominee for the role of BPS Elected Trustee

David's nominee statement

Question 1

The Elected Trustee will be a member of our Board of Trustees, which is the overall governing body of the society. Please outline any leadership, organisational and/or governance experience that would help you carry out this role.

My professional background as a former chief psychologist and head of profession for occupational psychologists in government working in a large and complex central government department has equipped me with the necessary leadership, strategic and policy development skills to discharge the role of trustee. 

The experience of working with government ministers and senior officials required the ability to exercise sound judgement and political sensitivity, to think strategically based on good analysis and weighing evidence. Equally this required a need to balance the interests of diverse stakeholders and maintaining high professional standards to enhance the reputation and integrity of the profession. 

Central to my approach has always been the ethos of service as I see this as core to being a psychologist. If elected as a trustee I see giving good service as key to being effective in the role, working well with other trustees and the executive team recognising the need to keep members interests and needs at the forefront of my thinking. I have an understanding and direct experience of contributing to strategy and policy development which I believe would be of value to the society and its members. 

Throughout my career I have held roles that involved responsibility for ensuring good governance and accountability for professional and prudent fiscal management to ensure resources were focused on organisational priorities. In my current role as a senior lecturer contributing to executive and management education, my skills could help the Board of Trustees to be effective in developing responsive policies for members. 

As a psychologist who led on statutory regulation when I was Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology, I have a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape, requirements and challenges. Again, I believe this would be helpful in discharging the role of trustee effectively. 

My professional experience spanning a career in public, private and non- government organisations has equipped me with the communication skills to engage well, work with a diverse range of stakeholders and where necessary provide a healthy challenge to contribute to good decision making. 

I can also bring a depth of understanding of BPS activities and objectives gained over two decades through my leadership roles as a former Chair of the Division of Occupational, Chair of the Qualification in Occupational Psychology Board and as current Deputy Chair of the BPS Qualifications Committee.

Question 2

The BPS’s vision is to promote inclusivity and diversity. How do you see this as impacting the society’s work?

The Society should be an exemplar, leading the way in promoting an inclusive and diverse organisation for both members and staff alike.

One indicator of a healthy organisation is where everyone feels and experiences inclusion, a place where underrepresented voices are heard, where individual differences are respected and an organisation that sees diversity as necessary for the success of its activities, members and staff. I see the values of the BPS vision running as threads through all that the BPS stands for in its mission. 

The organisation is uniquely placed to be a champion for individuals rights, particularly for those who may feel excluded and disenfranchised in society. The society can be a powerful voice to empower individuals, institutions and public policy to make changes that are in the interest of wider society. It can only achieve this if there is a clear alignment and commitment from within. Like any organisation the BPS has to be truthful with itself. 

For all officers of the society this means sometimes confronting what we might find uncomfortable. It is only by doing this can the organisation, staff, members and its activities flourish. The role of a trustee should be to actively and constructively challenge where and when it is necessary, to be a role model that upholds the values and demonstrates these in their interactions with others within and beyond the organisation. 

Enabling the BPS vision to be fully realised the society will usefully draw on the EDI Project data report published this month by the Academy of Social Sciences and the ESRC (March 2024). As a social science society the availability of EDI data has the potential to impact the society's work helping to raise awareness and take actions to bring about positive changes for all.

Question 3

The BPS aims to create a vibrant member- centred community with a meaningful membership identity. What do you see as the Elected Trustee’s role in this?

I believe a trustee should be visible, accessible and representative of what the society is aiming to achieve. It can only be considered a vibrant member centred community by members when they feel the society recognises and meets their needs. 

The role of a trustee should be to encourage involvement, participation and leadership among members. Identity forms around bonds that are developed through common aims and objectives. If elected as a trustee I would encourage activities that transcend traditional boundaries that support development of new bonds. I would also seek support from fellow trustees and society officers to support the emerging talent among the membership to take on professional leadership roles in the member networks.

Noticeably there is a worrying decline in members being able to or willing to step up. As a trustee I would aim to be an ambassador for our future leaders to ensure the profession through the society prepares for the coming decades now, so the society can thrive well into the future. Meaningful member identity also comes from positive appraisals of the value of membership. 

As an elected trustee I would support, working with others to ensure membership value is enhanced where possible and in ways that are responsive to individual, group and stakeholder needs. The training and development of the current and future workforce should be at core of BPS activities if it is to be an influential force for good. 

If elected as a trustee I would actively champion this objective and investment so the psychological workforce of tomorrow stands ready to address the many societal challenges in a volatile and unpredictable world. As a trustee I would work hard to contribute to ensuring external bodies, law makers and the public view the BPS as a competent authority who are outward looking, interested in growing relationships and partnerships.

Proposer statements

Karen Moore

How long have you known the candidate?

12 years.

When have you worked with the candidate or come into contact with them?

From 2012 I was on the Board of the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage2) with David whilst he was Chair of the Board, and then subsequently on the Qualifications Committee with David. This has entailed monthly contact regarding the Qualification over the 12 year period.

Prior to that I had met David when he was Chair of DOP and I was a member of the Division.

Why do you think the candidate would make a great trustee?

David is very fair-minded, taking an evidence based approach to all his activities not just his professional practice. He is clear-sighted, very articulate and calm. His strategic vision and passion for the profession of psychology would stand the society in good stead, especially at the present time when many of the members are expressing concerns. David is able to communicate with people, both one-to-one and in bigger groups and present clear, cohesive messages.

In terms of decision making, David is highly numerate and literate, and able to assimilate all the information before coming to a conclusion that he is able to share with others. He is inclusive in his approach, encouraging others to share their ideas and experiences.

David is highly respected both within and without the society, having been influential at the very highest levels of Government.

I believe David would be a great Trustee and a great asset to the Board.

Professor Gail Steptoe-Warren

How long have you known the candidate?

Over 10 years.

When have you worked with the candidate or come into contact with them?

Working on the QOP Qualification.

Working on employability at DOP conferences. Committees through the BPS.

Why do you think the candidate would make a great trustee?

David is an advocate of the BPS and has spent many years promoting the BPS and the value of membership. David has also worked within the Civil Service and has had to react to change, change in management, process and focus. He has a compassionate approach to leadership but can make tough decisions but does so in a way that bring people along. He can explain his decisions well and uses evidence-based practice to support claims he makes and changes he proposes.

David is respected in the psychology community and lives by the values of collaboration, transparency and commitment to the profession. Based on this I believe David would be accepted and respected as a member of the Board of Trustees, by the profession, and would bring many skills based on his Occupational Psychology background including strategic vision, project planning and management, leadership, team work as well as a deep understanding of the profession across disciplines.

David has also been involved in HCPC visits so has in-depth knowledge about our regulatory body.

I am more than happy to propose David.