He helped to establish, and became Managing Director of, Lancashire Enterprises Limited (now Enterprise plc).
He then had a period as Managing Director of Amec Developments Limited working on projects worldwide. He was head hunted to become the first Chief Executive of English Partnerships (now The Homes and Communities Agency).
In a joint venture with British Land plc and a number of other major partners, David was the developer of a range of schemes in London which delivered residential, commercial, leisure and retail facilities with an end value of £2 billion. Over the last fifteen years he has built up a portfolio of companies which include Allied Lighting (LED), Carbon Numbers (Carbon Analysis), Endo Enterprises (Green Water Treatment systems), iHandover (Senior Executive Knowledge Transfer) and Energy 10 Ltd (Waste to Green Energy).
He acted as Special Advisor to The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott for eighteen months (from 1997) with specific responsibility for the Regional White Paper and the setting up of Regional Development Agencies. He also chaired a major regeneration trust for The Prince Of Wales from 1997 until 2003 spending three years on the Princes Foundation.
In terms of David’s pro bono work he was a director of Manchester’s hugely successful Commonwealth games, a director of the London 2012 Olympics and he has recently become the Chairman of The University of Central Lancashire. In addition, over the last twenty years he has served as a director of Preston North End for most of that time as Deputy Chairman.
David was awarded a CBE in 2007 for his services to the community of Lancashire and became a Deputy Lieutenant in 2015.