David was born in Southampton and started school there. The family moved to Winchester whilst he was still at Infants School, when his father helped setup the new Police Control Room. In 1970, the family moved again this time to Cowes, when David was at Junior School, this time it was due his father's promotion to station Sergeant. There the family stayed and so David grew up on the Isle of Wight where his main interests were scouting, swimming, and playing hockey.
In 1989 he married Kerstin at Cowes Baptist Church and in 1996 their twin sons were born on the Island. Since 1997 David, Kerstin and boys have lived in West End, Southampton. The boys currently attend a Sixth Form College, with the aim of studying Aerospace Engineering at University in the Autumn of 2015. As a family they regularly attend Thornhill Baptist Church.
For 4 years David served as a Parish Councillor in Wootton Bridge and since 2002 has been an Eastleigh Borough Councillor. David has been Chairman and member of the Environment and Transport Scrutiny Panel, as well as a member of the Social Policy and Performance Review Scrutiny panels. In 2011 David was also elected to West End Parish Council where he has served as Chairman for two years. David is also Chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) scrutiny panel and a member the Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee (HEWEB LAC). David takes a very active role in all his council work.
Since 2002 David has also been School Governor in Southampton serving on the main Governor body and on sub-committees dealing with the school finance to ensure that public money is spent wisely, maximum benefit is obtained for the children and the schools books always balance.
In 2011 David also became a board member of Southampton Advice & Representation Centre (SARC), which a registered charity that specialise in welfare benefits and employment law advice. SARC provide a free, impartial and confidential advice service covering matters from simple form filling, to representation at Social Security Tribunals, Employment Tribunals, and beyond.
In his professional life, David started as a Technician Apprentice at Plessey in Cowes and is now Project Manager for an international research and development company, based in Romsey. He is experienced in managing staff and budgets taking critical decisions on both. As a technical consultant, he is also involved in a number of security related issues, including tackling the growing problem of cyber crime.
In 2012 David stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner elections for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, although failing to win overall David did top the poll in the area of Eastleigh.
David has campaigned hard on a variety of issues, including campaigning against Post Office closures and water fluoridation, for better roads & pavements, to reduce the effects of climate change, for Gurkha justice, for better recycling, for lower taxes, for cleaner streets, for fairer taxation and fairer votes. And most recently achieving minimum living wage standard at both Parish and Borough Councils.
Outside of politics David's interests include DIY, genealogy, renewable energy and swimming.
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