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After graduation from the University of London in 1972, David worked in Africa with a number of multi-disciplinary research teams from the universities of London, Liverpool, Bradford and Oxford.
These teams considered links between education and other variables on local economic performance. Many publications in peer reviewed journals resulted, together with the setting up of links between a number of British universities and universities in the Congo, Cameroon and Sudan.
Between 1977 and 1984 David continued to work in further and higher education in Yorkshire, ultimately heading a consortium of colleges, universities and a polytechnic. This was set up to bring business and education closer together under an initiative with Leeds City Council.
At that time he was also: visiting lecturer (University of Leeds); moderator for the Business and Technician Education Council and a Council Member of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.
In 1985 David moved to the Department of Education and Science (DES), leaving in 1990 as Assistant Secretary responsible for formulating a new continuing education policy for universities, polytechnics and colleges. This involved managing the largest non-earmarked budget in the DES, managing a regional executive function across the UK employing the largest number of staff in a DES division. Working directly to ministers David oversaw a five-fold increase in student numbers.
Between 1985 and 1990 he was also: Member of the Council for National Academic Awards; Member University Grants Committee Continuing Education Standing Committee, Member of Inter-ministerial review of highly qualified manpower 1989-90, and represented the UK Government on various EC and OECD committees.