David has an MA in politics, an MBE, and is a professionally qualified social worker. His experience is primarily in childcare and he has had a range of management posts in local authority and the voluntary sector. He has undertaken research at Lancaster, Liverpool and Glasgow universities. He worked for Action for Children where he was a senior manager responsible for a range of services focusing on children with learning difficulties. After ceasing permanent full time work in 2009 he undertook various temporary contracts in childcare management until ceasing paid work in 2016. As well as being a Director with Hear My Music, David is also on the Ethics Committee at The University of The West Of Scotland.