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David was formerly the Chief Executive of Laird plc, the FTSE250 global technology company, a position he had held since 2012. Prior to this, he was Vice President Global Defense and Security at BT Global Services. David has also held senior management positions with Thales Group, Intense Limited and BAE Systems plc. He has held Non-executive Director and Chairman positions with WFEL Limited, Photonix Ltd, and the Scottish Government’s Technology Advisory Group, and was previously the Non-executive Chair of Knowledge Transfer Network Limited, a vehicle established to support the work of Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency which is sponsored by the UK Government Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). David is an accountant (FCA) by training, holding a degree in mathematics from the University of York. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce (RSA) and in 2005 was awarded as the Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology. In the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours, David was awarded the OBE for services to industry in Scotland. External Appointments: Member of the Dunedin International Advisory Board.

Work History

Executive Director,Chief Executive Officer

Cobham Plc
2017 - Present

Chief Executive Officer

Laird Plc
2014 - 2016   |   2 years