Elected: 2016
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
Professor David Heald
Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Professor David Heald is a qualified accountant (ACMA) who held a Chair in Public Sector Accounting in the Adam Smith Business School until his retirement on 31 August 2022. He continues to research public sector topics, including public expenditure, public sector accounting reform, public audit, public sector corporate governance, and financing devolved government, on all of which he has published extensively in leading journals. David has co-edited two books in the Proceedings of the British Academy series – Transparency: The Key to Better Governance? (2006) and When the Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective (2014). His career has been marked by extensive public policy engagement at the Scottish, UK and European levels, including roles as Parliamentary specialist adviser and as witness to Parliamentary Committees and government inquiries. He actively contributes to the public engagement work of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, including as chair of working groups which prepared Advice Papers on the Scottish Budget (2020) and on Council Tax reform (2023).