David was born and grew up in Buckinghamshire but has called North Devon home, since his family moved there over thirty years ago, whilst he was studying at Edinburgh University for his Masters Degree in German with European Institutions.
Fluent in German and speaking French, Spanish and Mandarin, David has always been a passionate European and his commitment to the concept of the European Union stems from the year he spent studying in East Germany.
From HM Treasury, David went on to forge a successful career in international business, including ten years as part of the senior management team of the Economist Group, based in Hong Kong, from where he lead the development of their business in China, for which he won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Understanding the needs of business and how it works, David today runs his own successful consultancy helping Western companies expand in China.
A lifelong human rights campaigner David was one of the original founders and Trustees of the Kaleidoscope Trust raising awareness of international LGBT+ rights.
In 2015 David was elected to Fremington Parish Council, where he has been Chair of Finance for the past four years and last year was elected Vice Chair of the Larger Councils Committee of Devon Association of Local Councils (DALC ).
Having run the Stronger In Campaign across northern Devon during the 2016 Referendum, David was selected by his party to stand against Geoffrey Cox MP in Torridge and West Devon in 2017 General Election.
David is a Governor of Petroc College and Chair of North Devon Sunrise, the local charity hosting the region’s Annual Diversity Festival and earlier this year was elected Chair of the Lib Dem European Group.
To relax David enjoys a good book, visiting the cinema or theatre, travelling and walking across North Devon’s beautiful countryside and coastline with his dog Archie