David is Professor of BioAnalytical Science, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts & the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.
He is Immediate Past President of The Newcomen Society, and served on its Council a number of periods since 1986. He has also served on the Council of the Association for Industrial Archaeology 1986-98.
He is actively involved in Industrial Archaeology at local, regional and national levels; lecturing widely and writing on IA, organising regular lecture series, and arranging field visits and conferences.