David has been Chief Executive of GBWR since 2009. He sees his role as enthusing all in GBWR and enabling them to develop the sport and to enjoy the opportunities it provides.

A former Commodore in the Royal Navy, David held senior appointments in the UK and overseas and moved through the ranks from Lieutenant to Commodore and to hold Command, Chief Executive and NATO appointments. Operational duties included a world deployment aboard the aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious, and he spent time spent in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Canada.

He left the service in 2006 to start his own interim management and consultancy business specialising in leadership, organisational development and business transformation. He retains a stake in this business, which works with clients in the private and public sectors.

David is a Non Executive Director of Plymouth Hospital’s NHS Trust; Chair of the Diocese of Plymouth Independent Child Safeguarding Commission and part of the UK Sport International Leadership Programme.

A lifelong sportsman, he is a sports graduate from Loughborough University and played rugby at county level and for the Royal Navy, though he now realises this was a breeze compared with his efforts to play wheelchair rugby!