David is a former Chief Executive of a FTSE-250 company with a broad experience within the Electronics, Chemical, Defence, Marine, & Nuclear industries. He was also a non-executive director of AZ Electronics Plc until its successful sale to Merck Gmbh in July 2014. He is currently Chairman of several high-technology, early stage companies, including Symetrica Ltd, RTL Materials Ltd, Optitune Plc and Telesoft Ltd. He is the treasurer of the University of Southampton and a non-executive director of the University Hospital of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He has a degree in electronic engineering, a PhD from University College London and, in 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to science and engineering by Cranfield University. David was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to industry.