David joined Cefas in 2001 and has worked primarily on science, evidence and advice in support of the regulation of activities in the marine environment. He undertook a secondment to the former Marine and Fisheries Agency (the forerunner to the Marine Management Organisation, MMO) to provide a link between scientific evidence and regulation and assist with the transfer of policy and regulation between government departments. He continues to work closely with the MMO and other Defra bodies in the field of marine regulation.
During his time at Cefas David has fulfilled a number of scientific and managerial roles within the organisation and roles outside, including programme steering group membership and ICES Expert Group Chair. David was appointed Environment and Ecosystems Divisional Director in September 2012.
A firm advocate of the sustainable use of the marine environment, David is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
In addition to his operational role, David works alongside the Commercial Director focusing on developing and opening up new opportunities for Cefas and its partners to use its expertise to support a range of new customers both nationally and internationally.