David has many year’s experience in export controls, from the varied perspectives of regulator, Head of Compliance for global companies and over thirteen years as a successful independent consultant.
After leaving the UK Export Control Organisation (now Export Control Joint Unit) David worked in industry as Head of Compliance for Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, with significant involvement in US export compliance under both ITAR and EAR as well civil nuclear export controls administered by the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society for his export control work in the aerospace industry.
In 2007, recognising an increasing demand from industry, especially in relation to UK companies having to deal with US controls, he established his own consultancy. David now provides services to a large international client base, ranging in size from small businesses to global multi-nationals and encompassing very diverse industries and technologies, including specialist support to law firms. Most new business is now via referrals from previous or existing clients.
David was the founding Chairman of the Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (EGADD), which he developed into the UK’s leading trade body on export controls, and a widely recognised expert in his field. He stood down as Chair of EGAD in 2012 in order to devote more time to his consultancy business.
David is a regular speaker at national and international export control events and committed to effective compliance training. He was instrumental in developing the UK’s first externally accredited export control training, offered jointly by Cranfield University and EGADD. He is also the author of a regular series of articles for the US professional publication The Export Practitioner.
David is involved in many export control fora, both nationally and internationally and has regularly given evidence to UK Parliamentary Select Committees on export control issues.
In 2015 David was appointed to the Ethics Advisory Board of an EU funded project to advise on export control matters and elected as a member of the Advisory Board for the Executive Masters in International Trade Compliance offered by the University of Liverpool and Full Circle Compliance.