David is currently a non-executive director of easyJet plc, Pacnet ltd and Clarity Commerce Solutions plc.
David joined Alliance & Leicester as Group Treasurer in January 1999. He was appointed to the Group Board in January 2000 and became Group Finance Director in October 2001 before becoming Group Chief Executive in July 2007. Following the acquisition of Alliance & Leicester by Group Santander in October 2008 David became an Executive Director of Abbey(also part of Group Santander), which he left in July 2009 to pursue a plural career.
Originally, David gained an economics degree from Queens’ College, Cambridge. He then joined the Corporate Banking arm of Grindlays Bank before moving to work in the Treasury operations of firstly Chemical Bank, London and then later Abbey National Building Society.
In 1988 David was appointed Assistant Treasurer of Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society, becoming Treasurer and a member of the Executive in 1989. He was given responsibility for the retail investments in 1990, which included the postal savings operation run out of the merged Portsmouth Building Society. In 1993 he attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. On his return David became a member of the three-man team that negotiated the sale of C&G to Lloyds Bank. Subsequent to the announcement of the deal, David worked with Lloyds Bank management on a plan for the integration of the two businesses. In January 1995 he was appointed Head of Sales & Marketing responsible for C&G’s branch network, with a key part of the brief being to implement the integration plan. In August 1995 he was appointed to the Board of C&G as Finance Director, whilst keeping sales and marketing responsibilities. In November 1996 David became Director of Risk Management of the National Bank of New Zealand (a subsidiary of Lloyds TSB) based in Wellington and subsequently Chief Executive of Countrywide Bank following its acquisition by NBNZ.
David is married with two sons.