David was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
In his professional life, David was an influential former Lecturer & Researcher in developmental psychology & early childhood education at the University of Cambridge. He founded the research centre for Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) at the Faculty of Education.
Before joining Homerton College in 1986, he taught in Primary schools, mainly in Leicestershire, for 12 years. David was a kind-hearted supervisor of PhD and Master students, for which he was recognised by the University of Cambridge's Student-Led Teaching Award in 2015.