David is the General Manager of the Identity and Passports business unit of the Service Delivery and Operations Branch at the Department of Internal Affairs; a role he has held for since 2013. Prior to this he led the Passports Office more than 17 years. During that time David has lead a number key, and highly successful, Passports initiatives, including the introduction of e-Passports, automated issuance processes and most recently online Passport applications using facial biometric checking as a cornerstone. David leads an international working group focused on capacity building in the travel document global environment, is a an Executive Board Member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Public Key Directory Board and a Board Member of IDCARE.
David is also responsible for the RealMe logon service and the RealMe online identity verification service (IVS). The RealMe Log in service is used by more than a million New Zealanders to log in to government services and the Real Me IVS provides, a passport equivalent, secure online identity.