David Gourlay

David Gourlay

Title: Principal Consultant
Tel: 0141 530 1479


David is an experienced consultant, specialising in evaluation, strategy development, business support and social value. He has over 20 years experience with Hall Aitken prior to joining Social Value Lab.

He started working life in world-wide oil and gas exploration before moving into community regeneration work.  He has set up local economic initiatives, social enterprises and managed European Structural Funds when working at Strathclyde European Partnership.

His clients include NHS Education for Scotland, Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Sport England, Premier League Charitable Fund, Department for Education,  The National Lottery Heritage and Community Funds, many local authorities and scores of Voluntary Community and Social Enterprises.


  • Strategy
  • Project evaluation
  • Business Planning
  • Programme and organisational support
  • Social Value

Professional Networks

Social Research Association

Social Value UK



  • M.Phil (Urban Policy) University of Glasgow
  • B.Sc, University of Glasgow

Passionate about

  • Contemporary Art
  • Travel

Bored by

  • Airport queues
  • The done thing