Before coming to Southampton Solent University (then Southampton Institute) in 1999, David worked with various national agencies, including the British Accreditation Council, the Higher Education Quality Council, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the Teacher Training Agency and the British Academy. Prior to that he spent 12 years in Papua New Guinea in teacher education and university planning. In July 2005 David stood down as Assistant Principal (Institute Secretary), including his position as Dean of the Academic Standards & Quality Service, but retained his role as Clerk to the Governors on a part-time basis. David is an institutional auditor and degree awarding powers assessor with the QAA and an adviser and external panel member to a number of universities. He was a member of the Secretariat of the Joint Planning Group responsible for the establishment of the QAA; a member of the National Working Group on information needs about quality and standards in higher education (The Cooke Committee); and is currently a member of the national group reviewing the section of the QAA Code of Practice dealing with the assessment of students. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. David is Vice Chairman of The Leprosy Mission International, Chairman of its Evaluation and Monitoring Committee and a member of its Investment Committee. He enjoys sport, in particular the renaissance of Welsh rugby, and is relearning to play the piano. He is married with two daughters and a son.