David Price grew up in Surrey and studied history at Cambridge University. He became a civil servant and was for many years Personnel Director of the Jobcentre Service. In 1980 he and his family moved to Sheffield with the Manpower Services Commission. He was awarded the CBE in 1996.
Since he retired, he resumed his interest in history. In 2000 he produced Office of Hope, a history of the public employment service in Great Britain. In 2008, he produced Sheffield Troublemakers – Rebels and Radicals in Sheffield History. In 2013, the History of St Mark’s was published, edited by him – an account of the church of St Mark’s Broomhill Sheffield to which he and his wife belong. In October 2018, his latest book was published – Welcome to Sheffield: A Migration History.
During his retirement, he has taken an interest in issues like unemployment, poverty, asylum and migration. He contributed to the Church of England’s report Unemployment and the Future of Work which was published in 1997. He became a member of the Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire and the Humber and master minded a report called Angels and Advocates published in 2002 about church social action in the region.
From 1997-2005, he was a Governor of Sheffield College – one of the largest further education institutions in the country. In 2001 he helped to found Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield and campaigned on poverty issues and against Sheffield’s bid for a super casino. As the number of asylum seekers in Sheffield increased and some of them were faced with destitution, he became concerned about the policies and practices of the asylum system. In 2007 he helped to found the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG), in which he has been involved ever since.
He lives with his wife, Judith, in Nether Edge, Sheffield. They have three children and several grandchildren. His hobbies include gardening, walking, playing the piano and choral singing.