David served as a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner. He worked in a number of national and international policing roles including leading the AFP’s National Protection Operations, Serious and Organised Crime Group, Counter Terrorism Unit and Close Operations Support Group.
In 1989 David played a key role in the investigation into the assassination of AFP Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester resulting in him being awarded the AFP Award for Excellence.
David’s international experience included a posting to Hanoi, Vietnam in 2003 as a Senior Liaison Officer and law enforcement adviser to the Vietnamese and Laos Governments. In recognition of David’s work in South East Asia he was awarded the Vietnamese Government National Security Medal in 2009. In 2014 David added to his international experience when he accepted the role of Manager of the Americas, Europe and Africa based in Washington DC. In this role he was responsible for the strategic footprint of the AFP in these regions.
In 2005 David returned to Australia from his posting in Vietnam to take up the role of National Coordinator of Counter-Terrorism, responsible for the coordination of Joint Counter Terrorism Teams across Australia.
Two years later David was seconded to private industry as the Manager for the National Rugby League’s Canberra Raiders, where he was responsible for management of football operations, as well as the design and implementation of education, development and welfare programs for the National Rugby League.
Returning to the AFP in 2008 David was appointed to the role of Commissioner’s Adviser and Director of a change management initiative within the AFP charged with designing and implementing a corporate communications branch for the entire AFP.
In 2010 David was appointed Manager of the AFP Serious and Organised Crime portfolio and was responsible for the management of the AFP commitment to multiple task forces, including national joint Organised Crime task forces and national waterfront task forces. He was also responsible for design and management of the implementation of national anti-gang task forces, industry engagement forums and leading and directing multiple Commonwealth corruption investigations.
After returning from his AFP role in Washington DC David was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and accepted a role leading the Protection portfolio. As National Manager he was responsible for Uniform Protection of Commonwealth interests and establishments, Dignitary Protection and planning for major events with Australian involvement.
Before his appointment to ASADA David led the amalgamation of the Protection and Aviation functions to commence a unified Protection Operations portfolio, absorbing Aviation security and Airport policing capabilities.
David holds diplomas in Management, Business Management and Project Management and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Program and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.