David spearheaded one of the UK's first large-scale CAD (computer-aided design) systems as Director of Engineering at Babcock subsidiary Bailey Meters and Controls. He went on to set up his own consultancy practice in 1982, engineering complex control and instrumentation systems for the power, water and marine industries, and ran this until his retirement in 2007.
For the last 30 years he has also been actively involved with the Institution of Engineering and Technology, of which he is a Fellow. In 2012, David was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Kingston University in recognition of his outstanding contributions to industry and to the University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, where he lectured during the 1980s.
David is the author of three novels – Far Point (winner of a major prize at the Engineering Media Awards), The Darkfall Switch and Blind to Danger, all of which feature an engineer as the hero and aim to create positive perceptions of the profession – in addition to technical books.
"I had an amazing time as a student at Kingston. I'd recommend it to anyone. Engineering isn't all boiler suits and greasy hands! Kingston inspired me and led to a career where I used my mind, travelled the globe meeting a wide range of people and, like all engineers, had the chance to change the world for the better."