Davids’ earlier background was in research and development. He has held positions of Head of Entomology and Plant Pathology at East Malling Research Station and Reader in Plant Pathology at Harper Adams University College.

David has a track record in attracting funding from commercial, government and EU sources. His research work is widely published and he has written 2 books.

David is a graduate of Imperial College and obtained his PhD from Imperial College at Wye.