David has worked in the field of emergency planning since 1998, entering into the profession following spells in engineering, broadcasting and facilities management. He started his career with the nuclear industry, joining the emergency planning team on a full time basis in 2000.
In 2004, David was appointed as the Emergency Planning & Resilience Manager at the London Borough of Southwark, introducing a range of improvements to bring the authority into line with the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. Additionally, David became involved with many work streams across London, including the development of common pan-London forward control training standards, risk assessment and common response standards.
In 2008, David took up the appointment of Head of Emergency Planning at Kent County Council, which includes a broad portfolio of work supporting the Kent Resilience Forum and its various activities. David instigated a range of improvements in this role, including the introduction of ”one-Kent” emergency planning. This approach, agreed by 13 local authorities, introduced a unified approach to plans, training and response capabilities across the two-tier local government system which operates in the county.
David is an experienced emergency responder, dealing with a number of diverse emergency situations as a supporting figure or by managing at all levels of the command chain. David has also studied this field of work at an academic level, obtaining a “merit” award for an MSc in Disaster Management from Coventry University, and lectures regularly on a range of subjects. David is also the Finance Director and a full member of the Emergency Planning Society, winning their “Resilience Planner of the Year Award” in 2010 for his work in Kent.
David’s most recent appointment was as the CEO of Community Resilience UK cic, where he introduced and maintained a number of key improvements and capabilities relating to emergency property provision and HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business Emergency Recovery Group (BERG), which has supported a number of small businesses following the floods of 2014.