David graduated from Loughborough University in 1986 with a degree in Automotive Engineering. His first role as a graduate brought him straight to the forefront of the British automotive industry, working for Jaguar in prototype development and body engineering at Whitley, Coventry. After developing extensive knowledge in these areas, he was successfully promoted in 1991 as a Programme Manager and, most notably, oversaw the application of the V12 powertrain into the Jaguar XJ6 and was involved in the development of its long-wheelbase derivative.
In 1995, with both Jaguar and Aston Martin under Ford ownership, David was offered the opportunity to provide development and engineering expertise to aid the Aston Martin DB7 project at Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Having fulfilled a Project Management role at Jaguar from 1991 in the company’s saloon car programmes, his technical knowledge was pivotal in both the planning and consequent launch of the model and the eventual introduction of the V12 engine that equipped the DB7 Vantage.
David soon became more closely involved with the organisation and opted to join on a permanent basis in 1999. Working with a small team, he led the early engineering studies of Aston Martin’s revolutionary VH architecture and the concept designs of what were to become both DB9, launched in 2004 and the V8 Vantage in 2005, while growing a dedicated and highly skilled in-house engineering team to support this work.
After enjoying great success within the technical functions of the business, David decided to enjoy a fresh challenge and became Head of Product Communications and Motorsport at Aston Martin in 2006. His previous experience gave superior benefit to the global automotive media and also provided him with a fresh outlook on a different aspect of the business.
2008 brought David back to a technical role as Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, where he has since grown an operation that is now key to Aston Martin’s modern business model; Special Operations. The fruits of this unit have included the 2013 centenary special CC100, Vantage GT12 and Vantage GT8, the ultra-luxurious Lagonda Taraf, the Vanquish Zagato and Aston Martin’s most potent model yet, the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. Within this role, he has also overseen the firm’s successful Aston Martin Racing programme, Aston Martin’s growing Nürburgring 24hrs campaigns and the creation of the Nürburgring Technical Centre.
Now a key part of the company’s Second Century plan, Special Operations are leading the development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar with technical partner Red Bull Advanced Technologies as well as delivering at least two special projects per year throughout the business plan period, and leading the establishment of the AMR sub-brand which was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.
Aside from his work at Aston Martin, David is married with three children. He is a keen cricket enthusiast and is a Director of the Oxfordshire Cricket Board assisting in the commercial and communications aspects of the organisation.
David was active in motorsport as both a rally driver and navigator in his twenties, and retains a passion for both rallying and racing which serves him well in his motorsport role at Aston Martin.