David Travis

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David is Senior Legal Counsel for Commercial and Intellectual Property at the Future Williams & Glyn division of RBS.  In January 2015 he was invited to join the Council of Manchester Law Society to represent the growing in-house community and was elected Joint Honorary Secretary in December 2015.

He qualified as a corporate lawyer with DLA Piper’s Manchester office in 2001, where he spent a further three years working on M&A and private equity transactions.  In 2004 David escaped from the private practice world of timesheets and joined the legal team of Citigroup’s UK consumer business, based in Manchester.  After a stint with RBS International in Jersey in 2008, he returned to the north-west in 2009, joining the Co-operative Group, where he held a variety of senior in-house legal roles across its various businesses, spending his final two years supporting the Co-operative Bank’s separation from its former parent.  At the start of 2016 he moved onto a new challenge and another separation project as part of the divestment of Williams & Glyn.
As someone who grew up on Merseyside, went to university in Sheffield, made his career in Manchester and has lived in Leeds (where his wife still works and faces the daily challenge of the M62), David has a truly northern perspective and feels that the whole region has a unique chance to create something powerful out of the Northern Powerhouse concept.