He has worked as an archaeologist and architectural historian in the heritage sector since 1978 and is currently visiting professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds and a research associate at the University of York.
He worked at English Heritage from 1986 to 2012. He has held posts with many heritage bodies including former director of the British Archaeological Association, vice-president of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, trustee of the Council for British Archaeology, chair of the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire’s Advisory Committee and trustee of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.
David is currently president and trustee of the Lincoln Record Society, and in 2017, he was nominated to the Council of the National Trust by the Council for British Archaeology. He was a member of HLF’s East Midlands committee from 2013-18.
David’s interests lie principally within medieval archaeology (buildings, churches, settlement and landscape), about which he has written many articles and books. He lives in a former Lincolnshire farmhouse, where he is active in local heritage groups while learning to play the recorder.