David is Head of Art and Design at the University of Derby and is responsible for the delivery of a broad curriculum area, from fine art to fashion, textiles to Interior, graphic design through to illustration, animation to product design.
David has a background in product design and related fields and was an early adopter 3D modelling and rapid prototyping and a keen advocate of the benefits these bring to design process. The integration of digital processes within traditional design has been a key part of his pedagogy and approach to curriculum design.
David has spent a large part of his HE experience working collaboratively with UK, EU and partners overseas. A key supporter of TNE in its broadest sense, he has worked extensively in China and Malaysia amongst other countries, and is well versed in leading and supporting curriculum developments in the EU and OS markets.
David’s commitment to CHEAD is to match the previously high standards set by his predecessors who have held this role and to continue their good work in support of CHEAD.
To represent the membership, to raise awareness of the valuable contribution that art and design makes to society, the broader community and to continue to promote the value of the creative industries to UK economy.