Following his education, he joined Sainsbury’s and developed his career in retail culminating in the role of Operations Director for the stores in London and the South East.
In 2004, he moved into the property team at Sainsbury’s. As Store Development Director, he led the teams (i.e. construction, architecture, facilities, store planning, engineering and sustainability) that drove the company’s’ expansion program. Sainsbury’s store space grew by 25% over the period (equivalent to approximately 600 stores). A significant improvement to the Company’s environmental footprint was also realized before David’s retirement in 2015.
David has also held the Non-Executive Chair for the ExtraCare Charitable Trust Shops Board. This is a non-profit organisation providing retirement villages for the elderly across the UK.
Having recently relocated to the south coast, David is now able to spend more time pursuing his love of sailing, cycling and traveling with his wife Lindsey. He also finds it very rewarding to support his local Church’s Junior Sailing Club, assisting young people to sail safely while having fun. He and Lindsey also enjoy their winter adventures exploring Asia and visiting family abroad.
David has been a member of the Worshipful Company of Constructors since 2012 and has been an active member of the Events Committee organizing social activities for the Company, including the Annual Company Sailing Day.