David worked for 13 years for the NHS in estate management roles before joining the HE sector in 1996.
His first management role was as a engineer at a large district general hospital in Yorkshire where he had responsibility for managing a direct labour team and assisting with commissioning of a nucleus design development which replaced much of the older facilities such as A&E, pharmacy and specialist services. He followed this with an eight year period in Lancashire where he was responsible for engineering services design for capital projects, as well as project managing a wide range of schemes at a large sub-regional acute hospital, and also at community care facilities and an ambulance trust.
David joined the University of Bath in 1996 with responsibility for operational estates management of a 200 acre research intensive campus. His role broadened at the university as he subsequently became assistant director, then deputy director. He also took on responsibility for a number of major projects including supporting an extensive capital development programme of around £80m in five years.