David joined PD Ports in August 2002 as Managing Director of Teesport.
He started his port career at the Port of Felixstowe and in 1994 he went to Hong Kong to manage the Hutchison Port Holdings container operations in that territory. During this period he led a major expansion programme and helped create what is now the world's largest container terminal.
David was appointed Chief Executive Officer of PD Ports in 2006.
In the last 12 years, David has steered the Company through some tough challenges including a difficult recession. Under his direction, PD Ports has continued to invest in both its people and infrastructure, with more than £80M invested into expanding and enhancing the operational platform at Teesport. This investment has driven the Port's development and positioned PD Ports at the heart of growth in the UK ports sector and the North East economy.
Due to David's passionate commitment to the maritime sector, David was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2015 for services to international trade and the UK economy.
Following his appointment as Regional Ambassador to HRH the Prince of Wales in 2012, David’s vision and drive to raise aspirations and improve employment prospects for young people in the maritime industry led to the creation of the High Tide Foundation in the same year. The High Tide Foundation was co-founded by PD Ports and Casper Shipping and through the Charity’s bespoke programmes has doubled its output year on year since 2013. David was appointed Chairman of the High Tide Foundation in 2016.
In March 2017, David was appointed Director of Operations within the Brookfield Infrastrucure European team and will become PD Ports Chairman.