David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. He co-founded The Carphone Warehouse Group plc in 1991 and led the company’s IPO and subsequent growth to becoming Europe’s leading mobile communications retailer. David is a board member of the British Olympic Association, Commonwealth Games England, Cosalt (Chair), ‘LAMDA 150’ (Chair), Serpentine Gallery (Council member) and The University of Nottingham’s Development Committee (Chair). David is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, Uppingham School and a member of The Old Vic Artistic Director’s Circle.
He has also been a member of Sport England, the Home Office Audit Committee, and Lord Carter’s Review of Legal Aid Procurement. He was appointed to London United, the body supporting the capital’s bid to be a host city for the 2018 World Cup bid, having previously been the Mayor’s representative for the planning of the 2012 London Olympics.
David is passionate about developing educational opportunities for young people, by supporting world-class organisations, outreach work and sponsoring primary and secondary academies in the East Midlands, East of England and Yorkshire regions. In addition to donating funds, he gives freely of his time and expertise with all these institutions.