Chair of the Community Links Leadership Group is Sir David Walker, a former Chairman of Morgan Stanley International Inc. (MSI) and the organisation is funded (£6m) by a range of venture capital organisations and merchant banks represented on the board. Walker's role was Chairman of MSI with executive responsibility for the Firm's activities in the Middle East and Africa. He began his career in 1961 with the Treasury (seconded to the IMF from 1969-73), becoming chief of the Economic Intelligence Department in 1977, before joining the Bank of England (other banking interests include Johnson Mathey).
Walker served as a non-executive board member of Reuters, Vice-Chairman of the Legal and General group, a member of the Group of Thirty  and was Chairman of the London Investment Bankers' Association. He is also British Co-Chairman of the British-Moroccan Business Council. Prior to joining MSI, Walker spent two years at Lloyds Bank. From 1988 to 1992, he was Chairman of the Securities and Investments Board, the British authority at that time 'regulating' the securities markets as it became de-regulated.  He was Chairman of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in 1991-92. He was also a non-executive board member of the former Electricity Generating Board which monopolised into National Power plc between 1984 and 1994. He is also a governor of the Henley Management College and the Council of Lloyd's (and paradoxically the chairman of the Lloyd's LMX spiral enquiry of 92 after the Lloyd's reinsurance scam).