David started his engineering career as an apprentice Marine Engineer in the Merchant Navy working his way to achieve qualifications as a Second Engineer and obtaining his steam ticket. He worked on a variety of ocean-going ships including container carriers and oil tankers.
On coming shoreside, he got his first post in the NHS as an Engineer in the Estates Department of the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, one of the largest hospital sites in England.
Looking for a variety of engineering experiences, he moved from NHS Estates Maintenance to delivering engineering projects for Sheffield Hallam University and then on to becoming Head of Estates for another large NHS Trust – Nottingham University Trust, which at the time comprised the City Hospital and Queens Medical Centre. His career inside the NHS peaked with him being named Director of Estates and Facilities.
David launched DRLC Ltd in 2016 with a view to providing Authorising Engineering Services to healthcare providers.