David became chief executive on 31 August 2021. Prior to this, David was chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, being appointed to that role in April 2016. One of his key achievements was to lay the foundations for Oriel, a pioneering new eye-care research, education and treatment centre in partnership with University College London.

Before he joined Moorfields, David was director of strategic development at UCLH, where he led the planning and development of our two new hospitals – the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals and the Grafton Way Building for surgery and cancer. David has also held senior operational leadership roles at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust.

David continues to present on a number of academic and training courses based on clinical leadership and management development. He has contributed to a number of publications and journals with clinical and non-clinical colleagues and personal development is a key area of interest and was a Fellow at The Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, USA. He is also a trustee of a number of charities.

Declaration of interests:

  • Honorary professor, UCL Global Business School for Health

  • Board member, UCL Partners

  • School governor, St Dunstan’s College

  • Trustee – Audio Books for Dad

  • Chief nurse and director of governance at Homerton NHSFT (spouse)

  • Director of UCL Health Alliance Ltd