David is a television executive of wide experience and consultant adviser to broadcasters, programme makers and financial institutions. He was appointed Chair in December 2014 and is also Deputy Chair of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), which plays a leading role in governance and regulation of the HE sector. In 2018, David became Chair of UCAS Council.
He was board Director of Network Programme Development and later board Director of Corporate Development for ITV Yorkshire Television before leading ITV Network’s digital terrestrial television launch project, the first successful launch in the world.
David runs International Television and Media Consulting Ltd, with many European broadcasters among its recent clients. He was “parachuted” into EuroNews by ITN to stabilise successfully the news channel’s finances, legal status, funding and creative structure ahead of the second Gulf War.
He was Chairman of SysMedia Group plc, which recently sold its worldwide software development and subtitling business to a US-backed company. He is part-owner and director of Format Futures, a TV content “ideas factory”.
He is a former President of CIRCOM, the organisation of Europe’s regional public service broadcasters, and currently President of its programme and TV skills awards.
David is Honorary Secretary and trustee of the Royal Television Society; Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and until recently Chairman of the Emmanuel Society (alumni); and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.