David is a former Chief Executive of a FTSE-250 company with a broad experience in Electronics, Aerospace, Defence, Marine, Chemical & Nuclear manufacturing industries. He has a successful track record of developing high growth companies in international markets, particular those involving government customers or regulated environments, through organic development and bolt on acquisitions. From 2000 to 2005, he was Managing Director, Naval Marine for Rolls-Royce Group Plc responsible for the supply and maintenance of propulsions systems and equipment into a wide range of ships for customers in 59 countries as well as the nuclear propulsion systems used in all Royal Navy submarines.
Currently, David is non-executive Chairman of Telesoft Technologies Ltd, a privately owned telecommunications company that supplies high speed digital technology for mobile phone networks around the world. He is a non-executive Director of AZ Electronic Materials Plc, a FTSE-250 company that supplies high purity, specialist chemicals to manufacturers of integrated circuits and flat panel displays around the world. He is a member of the Council of the University of Southampton and one of the 42 Public Members for Network Rail Ltd holding the Board of Directors accountable for the management of the company.
David is both a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist. He was educated at University College London, completing a degree in electronic engineering and a doctorate in radar systems and signal processing. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Cranfield University for his services to Science & Engineering. David was also made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for his services to the defence industry.
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology and the Royal Aeronautical Society as well as a Companion of the Institute of Management. He has been a member of the National Defence Industries Council, the council of aerospace & defence trade association (ADS), the council of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) and the council of the Federation of Electrical Industries.