In December 2013, David was elected to the Beyond Zero Emissions Board of Directors, and is still on the board.
He is a civil and environmental engineer with vast experience across major civil and military projects, professional development in emerging economies, senior management in both the public and private sectors and in education.
He is deeply concerned that human activities and our current business paradigms, and personal lifestyles are seriously damaging our global home – the planet. However, it need not lead to a Great Disruption – there is hope, but only if we realise what we are doing, and take immediate regenerative action.
Following a successful career in project management David took over and commissioned Australia’s then New Parliament House in the mid 1980s – a life changing career episode. Since that project, David has become increasingly involved in fostering a culture of sustainability across all engineering disciplines, and in the built environment.
- Adjunct Professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at Queensland University of Technology where he inculcates sustainability across education and research,
- Founder and Immediate Past Chairman of “The Australian Green Infrastructure Council” (AGIC now ISCA), an industry association which developed the world’s first full sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure,
- The 2012 National President of Engineers Australia,
- Accredited Presenter with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project,
- Australian leader of the global “be sustainable” group of companies,
- A Queensland councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF),
- Founder, in 2014, of “The Long Future Foundation”, a registered charity that aims to ensure a long future for all life on Earth, and
- Sustainability consultant (his own business)
- In years 2011 – 2016, included in the ABC Carbon list of the top 100 Sustainability leaders in the world,
- In 2012, included in the Engineers Media list of Australia’s top 100 professional engineers,
- On Australia Day 2013, made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to engineering through industry associations, and for lifting public awareness of sustainability.