David studied chemistry at the University of Oxford prior to completing a DPhil entitled “Applications of microwaves in chemical synthesis”. Following two years as a fixed term lecturer in chemistry at Imperial College, London, David joined the Cookson Group as Head of the Advanced Products Group at the Cookson Technology Centre. The group carried out development work in a wide range of materials fields including studies in ceramics, electronic materials (solders and adhesives) and polymer products (fibres). David joined The Oxford Trust as Director of Industrial Programmes in 1996 supporting the creation and growth of high tech companies and encouraging technology business networks. David has an MBA from Warwick Business School and joined Oxford University Innovation in July 2002.