David is MD and founder of SOENECS, a research and innovation practice he established in 2014. SOENECS provide strategic research, advice, training, solutions, chairing and facilitation on the topics of circular economy, environmental auditing, waste & resource management.
In 2021, David was appointed as Professor of Circular Economy at the University of Brighton to lecture and work with academics to incorporate circular economy into the curriculum.
In 2022, David became one of four founding Partners and the Urban Miner at etsaW Ventures, a venture studio with proven expertise, world-spanning networks and focused business resource turning circular economy innovation into game changing impact. The business model is to seek, activate and scale the best ideas that ignite circularity.
In 2020, David Co-founded Tech-Takeback, a not-for-profit company that collects end of life electricals from householders in Brighton & Hove using an on-demand face-to face collection; called “RevaluElectricals”, powered by The ZeroNet. Tech-Takeback won the 2021 Business Green Leaders award for Circular Economy and has been shortlisted for 4 National Recycling Awards.
David is in addition non-executive Chair of the CIWM Enterprises Board, NED of Biohm, Trustee and Director of Freegle, a member of the Exeter University CE Hub Executive Management Group (EMG), Government Adviser to IUK, DEFRA and MHCLG and advisor and past chair for the Local Authority National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).