David was a soldier for 33 years, having been commissioned into the 15th/19th Hussars in 1977. He retired from the Army in 2011 to take up his current appointment as Chief Executive of Morden College. He is married to Sarah. They have two children, George and Alice. The family lives in London.
David's army career took him to Cyprus, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and Belgium. His most rewarding appointments were: Command of his regiment, The Light Dragoons, which included a period of operations in the Balkans, as well as a prolonged period of training in the Middle East; Chief of Staff 3rd (UK) Division; Command of 20 Armoured Brigade including operational Command of the Brigade in Kosovo (2001/02) and in Iraq (2003/04); Commandant of Sandhurst with responsibility to educate, train and develop the Army's future; and finally the Army's Military Secretary.
He was awarded a CB in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2010.
David enjoys sailing, fishing, 'long lunch' skiing, ornithology, walking and reading, and the whole holiday thing. He is also a keen and very patient supporter of Newcastle United Football Club.
He is also Governor of Lancing College, The Light Dragoons and the Royal Armoured Corps Benevolent Fund, Colonel of the Corps of Army Musicians, President of the Royal Armoured Corps Junior Leader Old Boys, and a Fellow of Wellington College.