David's big passion is sport

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.

David is always up for a challenge be it surfing in Costa Rica, kayaking down the Mekong, or learning to salsa in Cuba!

He ran the Great North Run to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation supporting cancer care in the North East, and the Royal London Parks Half Marathon for Parkinson’s in support of his friend and Sky colleague Dave Clark.

David also joined Dave for his fund raising Coast to Coast Walk in 2016.

His mum set up and helps to run a school for underprivileged children in the Indian city of Darjeeling which David also supports.

He’s also helped to raise funds for local charities Down’s South London helping children with Down’s Syndrome and Ickle Pickles, which provides specialist equipment for premature babies.