David is Trustee representative on the National Heritage Memorial Fund Advisory Panel. He works in the heritage sector in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.
David has worked as an archaeologist and architectural historian in the heritage sector since 1978. Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, and a research associate of the University of York, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and St John’s College Cambridge.
David worked at English Heritage from 1986 to 2012. He has held voluntary posts within many heritage bodies, including the British Archaeological Association, the Council for British Archaeology, the Society for Medieval Archaeology, the Society for Church Archaeology, the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.
He has also been a member of several committees at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, including: East Midlands (2013–2018), North East (2018–2019), Yorkshire and the Humber (2018–2019), North West (2018–2019) England, North (2019–2022) and England, Midlands & East (2021–2022).
David is President and Trustee of the Lincoln Record Society, and CBA nominee to the Council of the National Trust.
His academic interests are in medieval archaeology (buildings, churches, settlement and landscape), about which he has written many articles and books. He lives in a former Lincolnshire farmhouse, where he is active in local heritage groups while learning to play the recorder.