David joined the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust as CEO in May 2021. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Geography, David gained his managerial experience working for the oil company ExxonMobil, initially in Supply and Refining and subsequently in Retail, in both the UK and Iberia. A career break allowed for a year-long cycle expedition the length of South America, followed by a teaching fellowship in Critical Geopolitics at Exeter University. Over the last decade, David was CEO of the UK’s largest and fastest growing cycle recreation and retail business. David is also currently an Associate Director of the Bicycle Association, the not-for-profit trade association for the UK bike industry.
In his spare time, David enjoys fly-fishing for salmon, sea trout and trout, something that has been a passion for him since his childhood in Teesside. Over the last decade, his interest in fishing has led to involvement in the restoration and rewilding of a stretch of the River Guash in Rutland. David also likes riding his bike, fell walking and playing and watching almost all sports, activities made better by enjoying them with his wife and two young children.