David won an open history scholarship to Oxford University where he gained a first class degree, studying under well-known historians such as Richard Cobb, Michael Howard and Theodore Zeldin.
After an early career in financial markets at home and in Asia, he founded a private banking business, Heartwood, that advises prominent British families across the range of their private affairs, including their investments, tax affairs and estate planning. He was a fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute, a member of the London Stock Exchange and acted as a ‘blind trustee’ for government ministers during their period in office.
He retired as chief executive of Heartwood in 2008 and became its part-time chairman, and, following Heartwood’s sale in 2013 to an international bank, he returned to history full-time, using the experience gained in his private banking career to piece together the untold story of Winston Churchill’s precarious personal finances from archives around the world.
David’s articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and he speaks regularly at literary events. He is a member of the UK’s Biographers’ Club and Society of Authors; a trustee of the London Library and member of its Founder’s Circle; a member of the advisory board of BlackRock’s philanthropy funds in London, of the Garrick Club and of the Haberdashers’ Company.
David lives in Kent and, with his wife Felicity, has five children, two of whom are journalists, and – so far – six grandchildren. His next book is due to appear in September 2018.
2015: No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, the first full, lifetime narrative of Winston Churchill’s precarious private finances.