David left school at the age of 16 in 1974 to start work as a wages clerk in the construction industry.
He was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 1986, having completed his professional examinations at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University).
Prior to joining the Banks Group as company secretary in 1987, David had held the position of assistant company secretary at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd., Barratt Developments plc and Cowie Group plc. As well as being Company Secretary of the Group holding company, David also acts as Company Secretary to each of the Group’s 75 subsidiary companies.
David has two adult children. He lives in Sunderland with his partner Liz who lets him indulge his passions for golf, cricket and Sunderland AFC.