- Candidate for Adelaide
Originally from Port Pirie, David studied Architecture at the University of Adelaide, completed a Graduate Diploma in Project Management at the University of South Australia, completed the Australian Institute of Director’s course in 2000 and graduated from the Governor’s Leadership Foundation in 2002.
David has a long and diverse history of community service including youth work, service club membership, church and school committees and is currently a member of Prospect Kiwanis, a board member of Reconciliation SA, a member of the Architectural History Advisory Board, the Prospect Gallery Advisory Group, the Prospect Public Art Advisory Board and is also Convenor of the Adelaide Chapter of the Art Deco and Modernism Society.
Elected as a Ward Councillor for the City of Prospect in 2003, David served on many Council committees before being elected as Mayor of the City of Prospect in November 2006, and again in 2010.
Professionally qualified as a Project Manager, David has held senior positions in the construction and development industries for over twenty years. An Executive Manager at Built Environs for seven years and State Manager at Badge Construction for over three years, David joined the public sector since 2008 as Projects Director in Housing SA and became Director Major Projects in Renewal SA in 2012. He was responsible for a range of projects including the delivery of the $404 million, 1,475 dwelling, social housing component of the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. Delivering affordable housing solutions across the state, David’s work won 34 industry awards over five years in government, including the multi award winning $48 million UNO Apartments project on Waymouth Street.
Elected to the State Executive of the Local Government Association in December 2006, David served as vice president of the LGA for four years. David also served as the Chair of the Metropolitan Local Government Group from 2009 to 2011. In April 2013, David was elected as the President of the Local Government Association.