David joined Orkney Islands Council as Ferry Services Manager for Orkney Ferries Ltd in May 2005. With the formation of the Council’s Marine Services Department he was appointed as Head of Marine Services (Support) in April 2009.
David was the Interim Director of Marine Services from January 2011 until September 2012 and the Marine Services Senior Manager and Harbour Master from October 2012 until January 2014. Since then he has undertaken his present role which includes responsibility for strategic planning, oil spill response, harbour plans and infrastructure.
David previously worked for the ports, harbours and marine sections of Portsmouth City Council (1989 – 1996), Shetland Islands Council (1996 – 2003) and Port Sutton Bridge ( 2003 – 2004) gaining wide and varied experience in port management and operations, ship operations and vessel’s major refit / building.
David has a Honours degree (BSc) in Engineering & Management Studies (Portsmouth University, 1994), an International Diploma for Harbour Masters (2011) and is a Full Member of the UK Harbour Masters Association and a Council member of the British Ports Association.