David is an experienced executive and engineer. He has a wealth of knowledge of the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors
David received his technical training as a Graduate Apprentice within GEC-Marconi, working on underwater weapons systems. He then joined British Aerospace to head up their materials engineering function, specialising in aircraft transparencies and advanced composites. When his facility was spun off from the main group he led the Research and Development function. This was followed by a successful spell in project management when he led teams to design and manufacture the Eurofighter Typhoon Supersonic Fuel Tank, the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga Main Cargo Door system (the largest aircraft door ever made) and the Boeing 737-700 wing fixed leading edge. Following this David set up and led Hamble Design Services Ltd, a design bureau managing work packages for the major aircraft OEM’s across the world.
David then joined EEF South as Chief Executive and was responsible for growing turnover from £2.1m to £10m, achieving sustainable profitability, doubling the rate of membership recruitment and gaining national recognition as the Regional Centre for Manufacturing Excellence. He also led his team to the successful award and retention of contracts to run the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) for the South East and London. This delivered lean manufacturing and process excellence advice to manufacturing businesses.
David now follows a “plural” career and is Chairman of the Surrey Branch of the Institute of Directors, the second largest in the UK. He is also working with Ecopare Ltd as an Independent Director and with DMH Stallard LLP, one of the leading law firms in the South East, in a non-executive capacity as Strategic Advisor- Manufacturing. He has also worked with Portsmouth Aviation Ltd as Senior Independent Director.
- Business Development
- Human Resources
- Logistics & Supply Chain
- Operations and Production
- Sales & Marketing
- Aerospace, Defence & Security
- Business & Financial Services
- Mining, forestry & paper