Prior to his appointment in 2014 as the new Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), David held the role of Chief Executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (Glasgow 2014 Limited). Here, David had ultimate managerial responsibility for the organisation’s successful preparation and staging of the Glasgow 2014 Games. David was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company, overseeing recruitment of a workforce of around 1,400 paid staff, up to 15,000 volunteers and around 30,000 contractor roles as well as the procurement of over £300m-worth of contracts to support the delivery of the hugely successful Games on time and on budget. He was the chief liaison with Games Partners (Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Commonwealth Games Scotland and the Commonwealth Games Federation) and other stakeholders, while acting as the primary public spokesperson for Glasgow 2014 Limited. David was also responsible for providing leadership and innovation in the development of a variety of sport, commercial, cultural, community engagement, corporate social responsibility and legacy programmes. He held this role of Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 since 2011 after joining the Organising Committee as the director of operations in October 2009 and progressing to chief operating officer in July 2010.
Prior to joining Glasgow 2014 Ltd., David was the Executive Director of Sport and International Federation (IF) Relations at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) headquartered in Bonn, Germany, where he served from 1999 to 2009. During his career, he has served as a coach, athlete agent, team administrator, consultant and Board member. David is a recognised international executive with dynamic leadership and managerial experience and capabilities. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sport governance and management and a proven track record of forming strategic alliances, creating innovative programmes and initiatives, leading organisational change and transformation and delivering complex projects and large-scale events.