A graduate of The Glasgow School of Art, with first class Honours in Fine Art, David became one of the original team responsible for the development of Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) in the 1990s. Moving to Edinburgh as Director of Edinburgh Printmakers in 1999, he reinvigorated the organisation’s artistic strategy and invited a number of nationally and internationally renowned artists to undertake commissions, pushing the boundaries of contemporary print making processes.
From 2006 to 2013, as Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS), David was instrumental, once again, in extending the organisation’s artistic strategy. He not only established partnerships to bring international artists to the city through a series of residencies and exchanges but established The Whisky Bond as the permanent home for GSS, through a unique public and private business partnership. David became CEO at Culture & Business Scotland in 2013 and is also a trustee of the Argyll & Bute Third Sector Interface (TSI).