David joined the National Archives as Director-General on 1 January 2012. He began his career at the Australian Customs Service in 1979 after completing a BA in Computing Studies. He held many positions in Customs, managing major innovative border management projects for passenger processing and cargo control.
As Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, David’s strategic focus has been on the whole-of-government transition to ‘digital continuity’ in records and information management; expansion of preservation capability for paper, audio-visual and digital records; acceleration of the declassification of sensitive archival documents; and the exploitation of emerging technology to enhance the public’s access to archival resources.
He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists. In 2015 he was made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Republic of France.