David retired as a Deputy Chief Constable after serving in Derbyshire Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police and post-devolution Scotland.
He gained extensive experience of leadership in emergency situations such as responding to domestic terrorism – including CBRN, policing major political events, tackling large scale disorder at Premiership football matches and overseeing policing of the British Open Golf championship. He tackled lethal gang violence on his Greater Manchester BCU and survived the experience of blowing the whistle on high level corruption.
He has a strong commitment to tackling problems in partnership, currently chairing a safeguarding children board and a safeguarding adults board in the north west of England. He has drawn upon his safeguarding experience to lead for the EPC on meeting the needs of children and young people in emergencies and on identifying and supporting vulnerable adults in emergencies.
He is also an experienced independent author of Domestic Homicide Reviews and Serious Case Reviews in which the focus is on identifying learning to improve practice following death or significant harm.
He is an experienced executive coach, helping senior personnel make the step up to chief officer level.