David was appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Five-force in 2017.
David grew up in Sussex before attending Bristol University, graduating in law in 1988.
After a period working in retail and travelling he started his police career in 1990 as a Police Constable in Bristol. He transferred to Thames Valley Police in 1993 working in a variety of operational roles in Bracknell, Crowthorne, Wokingham and Slough. Whilst working as a police trainer he gained a PGCE in adult education from Surrey University.
Subsequently he held a range of roles with a Thames Valley Force wide remit. Having been the Force Drugs Co-ordinator he spent three years as a Senior Investigating Officer in Major Crime, overseeing murder and serious crime investigations, and was then promoted to Superintendent, Head of Criminal Justice in January 2006.
In June 2007, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and took up the post of Commander for Berkshire East, where he was responsible for the policing an area which included the towns of Bracknell, Ascot, Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough.
Following the reorganisation of Thames Valley in 2011, he took up the then new role of Head of Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, before passing the Senior Police National Assessment Centre and then attending the Strategic Command Course in 2012.
Having successfully passed the course he was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) where he fulfilled the role of Chief of Staff, working with Sir Hugh Orde on national policing issues and running the National Police Coordination Centre.
He took the post of Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset Police in July 2013. As Assistant Chief Constable, David is the operational strategic lead for Dorset Police. He is also the lead ACC for the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit.
He is married to Jayne; they have four children. David is a keen sports fan. He is a season ticket holder at Reading Football Club and a follower of Sussex County Cricket Club and Bath Rugby Club. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the international development charity MRDF, and is a practising member of a local church.