Dave Penman biography

Dave Penman headshot

Dave Penman was elected as FDA General Secretary in May 2012, and took up office on 2 July that year. He was re-elected for a second five year term in December 2016.

After leaving school he started work as a civil servant in the Inland Revenue, before joining what is now the Department for Work and Pensions.

He became increasingly active in his union - the National Union of Civil and Public Servants (NUCPS - now PCS) - and the Scottish Trade Union Congress, including serving on its General Council from 1992 to 1995.

In 1995, Dave left the civil service to become an organiser for the NUCPS, before joining the FDA staff as a National Officer in 2000.

He was subsequently promoted to the senior management team as Head of Operations, before becoming Deputy General Secretary.

As FDA Deputy General Secretary Dave had responsibility for managing the civil service bargaining structures and operational side of the union.

He led on all civil service-wide policy issues and negotiations for the FDA including pay, conditions of service, the Senior Civil Service and pensions.

Since becoming General Secretary Dave has been elected onto the TUC General Council. He has a strong interest in long-term structural public service reform, particularly around reward.

Dave enjoys theatre, crime fiction novels and following Scottish Premier League football club Partick Thistle.