David grew up in Colchester and then Mersea Island and has long had a close interest in all things scientific and marine.

As someone with an inquiring mind, David has spent his professional career as a Forensic Scientist, with Scotland Yard, then the Home Office and finally in private practice. He specialised in ballistics and has been involved in many major investigations both in the UK and overseas. He has sat on many influential panels looking at aspects of weapons legislation and in the latter part of his career was the Chairman of the Firearms Expert Working Group of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes. He was elected to Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and has contributed much towards professional standards and competency in his profession.

Now retired, David is an active member of his local church as a Lay Minister, is a choral singer and orchestral bassoonist. He and Sandra live in a rambling 14th century house and winter activities seem to centre around cutting wood to keep multiple woodturners going, so if anybody has any offcuts!!!

David has participated in several archaeological excavations spanning the Bronze Age, Roman Colchester and latterly an Anglo-Saxon dig at Nayland, on the Essex-Suffolk border where he has lived since marrying Sandra 50 years ago. He was inspired to join the Ship’s Company following a BBC News item. The project draws together David’s loves of scientific endeavour, working with wood and the sheer thrill of involvement in this important undertaking.

Prior to joining as a volunteer, David undertook training in hewing logs with Steve Woodley; this encouraged him to add to his already sizeable collection of axes! David has also been building a clinker rowing dinghy at The Nottage Institute at Wivenhoe and this together with his love of the sea has given him something to hopefully contribute to The Ship.