David has held a series of senior financial and business leadership posts in a number of different industries. His last permanent executive role was CEO of Atkins UK and Europe, the UK’s largest engineering consultancy providing excellent engineering services to a large range of industries. Since stepping down in August 2015 he has been focusing on building a non-executive portfolio. David is currently Chairman of the Railway Industry Association where he has previously served as a council member and/or Chairman over an eight year period. Prior to the announcement of RIA’s new CEO in January 2017, he served as interim Chief Executive for the organisation in the transition of the previous incumbent to the current CEO. He is also a board member and Chair of Audit Committee for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Board which delivers high impact science and technology for the defence and security of the UK.