David began his career as a teacher. He joined local government in 1998 and set up an award winning approach to lifelong learning. He was asked to share his approach to this with colleagues across Europe and Australia.
In 2003 he became a Strategic Director at Walsall MBC as part of a turnaround team. In 2005 he became Chief Executive at Trafford MBC. In 2009 he became Chief Executive at Surrey County Council. He retired from that role towards the end of 2017.
David is the Independent Chair of Surrey Heartlands health and care partnership and is also on the council at the University of Surrey.