David George

David George is a retired Local Government Officer who spent 26 years with Derby City Council. In that time he was an Architectural Technician and Housing Surveyor. He later lead  a regional project called Housing Intelligence for the East Midlands that aimed to map conditions to better guide private sector housing spending to where it was most needed. Outside work David was on the CAMRA committee that organised the first Derby Beer Festival and later edited Derby Drinker for several years.

David was born in Hobart, Australia but has lived in Derbyshire since 1966. He moved to Belper in 2002 where he now lives with his partner, Lynne. He has two adult daughters from a previous relationship and, to his utter joy, became a Grandparent in November 2015.

Once funding dried up for regional projects, David looked for a way of making a difference instead of banging his head against the wall. He founded Transition Belper and in 2013 was elected chair and has been trying to make a difference ever since. He has now organised (with lots of help) three Belper Goes Green Festivals and helped form ADVyCE – the Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy company that was hoping to develop the Ambergate Hydro Power scheme.