David initially worked in the Travel industry. He worked for Thomas Cook for 11 years. When he left the industry, he held the position of Area Sales Manager Scotland and North East England for Thomas Cook Holidays, the tour operation arm of Thomas Cook at that time.
He left the travel industry to follow a career in academia. From 1988 to 1993 he taught Travel and Tourism to level 3 students. During that period he completed his teaching qualifications, holding a post graduate certificate in education.
In 1993 he moved to New College Durham to take up a position of course leader for a specialist European Travel and Tourism programme at level 5. This was further developed in subsequent years to become a level 6 option (BA programme, In the early 90’s David completed a post graduate Certificate in Management and a post Graduate Diploma. From there he completed his MBA.
New College Durham was a member of the Businet network of Higher Education Institutes and David became involved in the TOURISM Group. He was the chair of that group from 1993 to 2001. In 1999 he took over as General Manager of the network, a position that he still holds. As General Manager of the Businet network David organises and hosts three conferences annually – the largest of these events attracts 200 plus delegates. He therefore spends a significant amount of time negotiating and working with the hotel and tourism sectors. Since taking the role of General Manager the network has almost trebled in size, currently boasting some 108 members in 31 countries.
David is also President of another European network called ESA. He has been a Board member since 2002 and has been President for the last 4 years.
In 2006 New College Durham established the role of Head of International. David was successful in his application for this position and held until he retired from full time employment with NCD in 2016. During the period 2006 to 2016 David continued to contribute regularly to Travel, or Events Management modules on a final year BA programme.
David took early retirement from New College is 2016. He remains in his position with Businet and owns and manages a small property development company, as well as doing some consultancy work. The reason for taking early retirement was to allow him to pursue his passion for travel and to be able work, doing things the things he enjoys, when and where he wants to do them. His travels to date has taken him to over 80 countries.