Following a first-class degree in Mathematics from Peterhouse, Cambridge, David took a Masters in Statistics & Operational Research at Imperial College, London.
He has worked variously in Operational Research, Management Consultancy, Software Developement, Project Management and Training, working for the International Wool Secretariat, Imperial Group, Metapraxis and Microsoft and finally for his own company.
He was one of the early developers of Executive Information Systems, initially working for the Chief Executive at Imperial Group and then as a co-founder of Metapraxis where his team won the Design Council Award for software. He subsequently served as a judge for the Design Council Awards.
At Microsoft he was part of the team that formulated the Microsoft Solutions Framework as an approach to project delivery, incorporating proactive Risk Management and Benefit Management.
He was elected to Headley Parish Council in 2007 and has served as its Chair since 2010. He was first elected as District Councillor for Box Hill and Headley in 2011 and he served first as Deputy Opposition Leader and then as Opposition Leader on Mole Valley District Council. He lost the seat by 4 votes in 2015, but was re-elected in May 2019.
Born in Cornwall, David has lived in Mole Valley for over 35 years, initially in Ashtead and then in Headley. His outside interests include golf, gardening and genealogy. He is married with 3 children and a growing group of grandchildren.