His original degrees in Astronomy (Manchester) and Astrophysics (Cambridge) have inspired him very much through life, and he combines them with his love of theatre and the stage to inspire others.
As a result of this, he has given a number of talks, most recently at Astronera's inaugural International Dark Sky Preservation and Astrotourism Conference in November 2023 (photo, right).
This is not the first time he has spoken at a conference, giving a TEDx talk on the future of Science Communication in 2020, along with more recent talks on podcasting at MCM ComicCon and HorrorCon UK.
He is a Senior Planetarium Presenter and Head of Education for Immersive Experiences, and performs both virtual and in-person planetarium shows.
Between 2010 and 2014 David directed The Big Bang in the East and West Midlands, then adding the London contract, helping to inspire over 25,000 young people to choose subjects and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
This built on his work as a STEM Ambassador, doing night sky and careers talks in schools, and his time spent at Birmingham's Thinktank Planetarium. This lead him in 2010 to cross North America in what he called his 'Astrotour', visiting and reviewing science centres and planetaria along the way. You can find all the write-ups from this at his Astrotour 2010 blog. A retrospective was published in 2015 by the ESO's CAPjournal.
Private Tuition in Science and Maths
Since 2007 David has been tutoring students of all ages in physics, maths and chemistry up to A-Level and other subjects to GCSE. He is fully DBS-registered and references can be found on his Private Tuition page.
He travels within a reasonable radius of Ripon, or offers tuition online via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime.
Library of Birmingham
In 2013, David became the Face of Science for the new Library of Birmingham. You can see the promotional film that was made for this role to the right.