Blogs - 06 August 2013

60 Seconds with D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph


 David Ralph, Chief Executive, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Age: 48

Education: Currently finishing my MBA, having secured a post-graduate degree 20 years ago in Urban and Regional Planning

Family: Married to Sarah with three children – a son and twin girls, who are all into sport

How would you describe what you do to a Martian?

Coordinating and promoting the economic priorities for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

If you weren’t what you are what would you be?

Sailing around the world

Who inspires you most and why?

Gandhi. Stickability to a cause. 

What do you wish you’d invented?

Rock n Roll

What would you do differently?

Not very much but I would try to worry less and find more time to travel.

What I’m watching and listening to?

I hardly watch tv, apart from sport and have just bought Of Monsters and Men and Alt-J CDs but nothing beats Christy Moore 

My advice to the government is:

Follow through on actions

If I wasn’t doing business in Nottingham, I’d go to . . .


I’d be lost without my . . .

Sense of adventure

Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? 

All of them although my kids have blocked me on Facebook because I’m embarrassing

Friends would say I’m . . .

Always on the go

My indulgence is . . .

Food, any and lots of it.

One thing in the world I’d change right now is . . .

I would publish an energy policy to deliver more renewable energy

The best place to eat and drink is . . .

On a beach, any beach.

I drive a . . .

Ride-on mower although it’s now out of action as I broke it driving into a tree stump

My most important set of numbers is . . .

My family’s mobile numbers

I always have in my pocket . . .

A memory stick but never carry enough cash (to buy a round)

I’ll tell you what annoys me . . .

People who are disingenuous

What makes me laugh is . . . 

Being with friends

My last holiday was to . . .

Western Scotland with the family

I am currently reading . . .

The City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre about living in the slums of Calcutta

The one thing I’ve learned . . .

People have different points of view

Source: Nottingham Post, Tuesday August 6, 2013

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