He was previously Director of Conservation at the North York Moors National Park. In that role he led the park’s conservation work, including archaeology, nature conservation and land management, as well as rural development and grant giving. David also led a number of National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported projects.
David previously sat on the UK Biodiversity Strategy Programme Board.
More locally he also sat on the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership’s European Funding Committee. He advised on funding decisions to support rural development and a range of other partnerships covering catchment management, flood and coastal risk management, as well as Local Nature Partnerships.
David is a trained ecologist with a BSc in Environmental Management and MScs in Restoration Ecology and Public Management. His previous roles include biodiversity officer and sustainable development manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, where he helped set up the Biodiversity Partnership and manage the funding and delivery of a complete ecological survey of the area.
He also worked on ecology and wetland restoration at Scarborough Borough Council.
David is married with a five-year-old son and as a family they enjoy walking, wildlife watching and visiting galleries and museums.