Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, David’s career has taken him across the globe. Graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts (History, Politics) while completing officer training in the Australian Army, David then served in the Solomon Islands as an infantry platoon commander in 2007. Following this, he joined Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), serving at the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 2012 to 2015, and the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2016, embedded with Australian and coalition troops. In 2019, David joined the Australian Antarctic Program as station leader at the Davis research station, East Antarctica, and led the team at Davis through the longest continuous Australian expedition in modern history. After returning to Melbourne in 2021, just 9 months later David returned to Antarctica as the Voyage Leader to resupply Australia's Mawson and Davis station. David is an avid traveller – from the mountains of Kashmir to the Antarctic Peninsula – and enjoys mountaineering, skydiving, trekking, snowboarding and back country split‐boarding.