He was a keen schoolboy sportsman playing county cricket for North Yorkshire and represented the district at football, athletics and hockey.
David still plays cricket and football when he can but is more likely to be seen on the golf course, cycling around Richmond Park or trying to beat his PB in the weekly Park Run.
He lives in London with his fiancé Julie and son Oskar but gets back to his native North Yorkshire as often as he can to walk and cycle the hills.
David grew up watching Sunderland AFC and remains an ambassador for the Sunderland AFC Foundation which supports local communities.
For two years he wrote a weekly column for the Sunderland Echo and tells the story of his association with the club in the book “Tales of the Red and Whites” Volume 1.