David was appointed CE of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) after a twenty-year career in the insurance industry. Since leaving EQC, David has worked as an independent consultant at Kestrel Group, working with clients on their risk management and insurance strategies. David transferred to the Challenge Governance Group from his position as Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Natural Hazards Research Platform. He has served on several other user advisory panels, including one reporting to the Board of GNS Science and another assisting Resilient Organisations. David is currently working with the World Bank on projects in the Philippines and Indonesia. In 2010 David was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, an Honorary Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and a Life Member of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering.