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David joined John Laing as a Trainee Estimator, whilst qualifying as a Quantity Surveyor. He decided that life in a large company did not suit him and departed, even though he felt a loyalty to them after benefitting from their excellent training that helped him achieve his qualification (later becoming a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)).

Before leaving John Laing, they offered him a senior management role at Holloway White Allom in Central London. However, at the same time he was invited to join a local contractor in Luton that had both housebuilding and contracting divisions.

David favoured greater independence, a wider variety of experiences and fewer hours travelling, and so joined this company before later moving on to join Hunting Gate in Hitchin. Hunting Gate were primarily commercial developers, but also had aspirations to expand into ‘homes for sale’, and carrying out more of their own construction. He developed management systems for the homes and building activities, and then secured their first design and build contract which was successfully completed. As a result, they supported him in creating a new company, which he took from a design and build contractor to a fee management contractor, as Technical Director and later Managing Director.

He was approached by Jarvis, joining them as Managing Director in 1989. He worked closely with our Chairman, Douglas Peters, for a short time and later very closely with Lord Parkinson, to re-establish the Jarvis Group that had been battered by market forces and a severe recession. He modernised attitudes and updated systems, re-introducing the Homes division once a stronger financial base allowed. He stepped down as Managing Director to become Chairman, later becoming a Non-executive Director.