HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon
David was educated at St John’s College, Oxford where he was a scholar and cricket blue. He then worked in the MOD-(arms control and disarmament in Whitehall and at the UN Geneva) before moving with his wife to Devon in 1978, where his family has lived for many years. He taught at Blundells School in Tiverton where he was later to Chair the Governors (2000-2011). He then worked as a rural Chartered Surveyor in Exeter.
He chaired the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) firstly in Devon and then nationally as President during a turbulent time through foot and mouth disease when he also promoted South-West produce in Downing St. After this he become a Commissioner of the Crown Estate (serving on energy, audit, remuneration and nominations committees) and then of English Heritage (chairing the business committee responsible, amongst other things, for the re-development of the visitor centre at Stonehenge). After serving on the Board of the SWRDA, he chaired the London 2012 South-west Board before and during the Olympics.
More recently he chaired the Government’s ‘Future of Farming’ review (to bring more new entrants into agriculture), DEFRA’s SW Rural and Farming Network, Sir James Dyson’s farming company and was on the Board of the Historic Houses Association having chaired the Wessex Region. He has supported the NSPCC (chairing the Devon Full Stop Appeal) and affordable housing initiatives (serving on the Affordable Rural Housing Commission and Rural Housing Policy Group).
He has run his own businesses in tourism, property, agriculture and consultancy. He was High Sheriff of Devon in 2009.