David has been in the lift & escalator industry since 1980 and is a well-known author and speaker. He holds three degrees, a Master of Philosophy Degree following a 5-year research project into accidents on escalators, a Master of Science Degree in Lift Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science Honours degree. He also holds a Higher National Certificate and a Continuing Education Certificate in lift and escalator engineering. He is a co-author of “The Elevator & Escalator Micropedia” (1997) and “Elevator & Escalator Accident Investigation & Litigation”. (2002 & 2005) as well as being a lead contributor to a number of other books including CIBSE Guide D. He is a regular columnist in trade journals worldwide including Elevation, Elevator World and Elevatori. In 2007 he appeared on the BBC3 TV programme “Emergency Measures” with respect to accidents involving lifts. He has presented at a number of industry seminars worldwide including 2008 Elevcon (Thessaloniki), 2008 NAVTP (San Francisco),1999 LESA (Melbourne), 1999 CIBSE (Hong Kong), 1999 IAEE (London), 1998 (Zurich), 1997 CIBSE (Hong Kong), 1996 (Barcelona) and 1993 (Vienna) as well as numerous presentations within the UK. He is also the founder of the ELEVATOR ACADEMY which provides free training for apprentices and trainees and is a founding trustee of the UK’s Lift Industry Charity which assists industry members and/or their families after an accident at work. In 2012 David was awarded the silver medal by CIBSE for services to the Institution and in 2017 he was made a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute for his “unswerving service in the training of young engineers and significant contribution to the lift & escalator industry”. He Chairs the Educational Trust that organises the Symposium on lift technology and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Northampton. He chairs the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Careers Panel. In January 2020 he was appointed to the board of CIBSE. He will take office in May 2020.