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David Golding is a retired research biologist and university lecturer, who pursued a ‘second career’ as a campaigner on global poverty and climate change, working mainly at Newcastle University and with North East CALL TO ACTION regionally, and with Tearfund, Jubilee Debt Campaign and the Climate Coalition nationally, until he moved to Whitstable in 2022. He was also a Trustee for Blue Sky Trust, the regional agency supporting people living with HIV, for about ten years.

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Dr David Golding receiving his CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Great Moments In My Career

 “‘Kicking up a right rumpus’ when the aid agencies wanted to close the debt campaign at the end of 2000, resulting in the relaunch of the campaign as Jubilee

Debt Campaign (formerly Jubilee 2000; now Debt Justice)”


“Bringing Newcastle University to officially declare its support for the campaign, by two formal, unanimous motions by the university Senate, among other ways, the only institution of higher education in the world to do this.”

Great Experiences

“Sitting on the ground in ‘Deepest Zambia’ with an impoverished widow, Elinata
Kasanga, in 2011 and finding that, as a result of debt relief, she now has access to
healthcare and clean water, and her grandchildren finally have free primary schooling –
this is Number One!”

“Leading a long procession of regional and national church leaders down the aisle of Durham Cathedral in January 2006 for the ‘Service of Thanksgiving and Recommitment for Make Poverty History’, whilst the 1,100-strong congregation were singing ‘Praise my soul the King of Heaven.’”

“Leading the successful campaign by Newcastle University against Vulture Funds in 2009/10, and, immediately after hearing that the ‘Vultures Bill’ had been passed by Parliament on 31 st March 2010, leaving to join our two young families in Paris to celebrate his 70th.”



Earned Degrees

1944  - Burnt Ash Primary School

1952  - Bromley Grammar School for Boys, Kent

1962  - University of Bristol, BSc
1965  - University of Bristol, PhD
1979  - University of Bristol, DSc


Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, Newcastle
University, 2007, for contributions to the Make Poverty
History campaign

Invested by H.M. The Queen with the ‘Order of the
British Empire with the rank of Commander’ (CBE),
2008, ‘for services to the world poverty campaign’


1965-66; 1968 - SRC Research Fellow
1966-67  - Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
1968-1981 - Lecturer, Newcastle University
1981-2005 - Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University
2005-21 - Visiting Fellow, Newcastle University
2000-2021 - Honorary Chaplain at Newcastle University

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