Dave is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Independent Advisor with a passion for Science, Technology Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine and the development and promotion of the South West as an exceptional place in which to develop successful and globally recognised STEMM businesses and careers.

Brought up in the Scottish Borders Dave graduated from Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities with degrees in Mathematics and Operational Research.

His early career was as an Air Traffic. Management Data Scientist and Research Manager in the Civil Aviation Authority based in London.

In 1998 he joined the Met Office in Bracknell initially to run their Civil Aviation Business. In 2003 Dave relocated with the Met Office to Exeter where he took on responsibility for the wider Public Sector services, including Defence.

Between 2007 and 2012 as Deputy Director he led the merger and transformation of Technology and Information Services within the Met Office.

From 2013 to his retirement in 2018 as Deputy Director High Performance Computing Dave led the Business Case development, Acquisition, and Implementation of what was at the time the 6th largest Supercomputer in the world.

In addition to his work with the Met Office Dave has undertaken a wide range of Board and Non-Executive Positions, including:

Devon Environmental Business Initiative Board (Director) 2004-14West Hill Primary School (Governor) 2006-14University of Exeter Innovation Strategy Board 2007-14Founder member of Exeter Initiative for Science & Technology since 2011Exeter College Board 2012-2020 (Appointed Associate to Board 2020)Royal British Legion Club )West Hill) – Chairman since 2012University of Exeter College of Engineering Industry Advisory Group 2014-18Independent Advisor to RD&E NHS FT 2018-2021Non-Executive Director DCH NHS FT since 2020Exeter Mathematics School – West Country Computing Hub Steering Group since 2020

Organisation: Exeter College