David Sanderson

Associate Consultant

David leads our employer and business engagement practice and is an Associate Consultant at The Knowledge Partnership.

He has expertise in both the education sector and industry. Apart from a career as a marketing and strategic development consultant within HE he is a former Director of Marketing and Communications (HE and FE) for the Department of Education, where his campaigns supported the introduction of student loans, wider access policies and adult education.

He has also been the Strategic Development and Communications Director for Learndirect, one of the UK’s largest adult skills providers. Before entering education he spent almost 20 years working in senior marketing and executive director roles for national and multinational companies across several industry sectors, including financial services and banking.

In his spare time David is a keen rugby supporter, helps to manage a village community centre and pursues his lifelong interest in ancient history.  


  • Industry/business engagement and research
  • Reputation and communications strategies
  • Student employability
  • Curriculum development