Professional background: David’s career has been as a serial entrepreneur in the creative sector. He is currently founder and director of ‘Inspired by Lakeland’, which publishes a range of titles inspired by the wild places of Britain. His most recent titles include The Lake District Sticker Book (winner of a National Trust ethical business award), The Lake District in 101 Maps & Infographics (Lake District Book of the Year, 2020) and the best-selling Forty Farms. 

Local background: David moved to Cumbria in 2010 and lives near Keswick. He has been a lover of Lakeland landscapes since boyhood holidays to Wasdale and Eskdale in the 1980s and has been involved with various conservation projects, from dry-stone walling to tree planting. He is producer and co-presenter of Countrystride, the podcast dedicated to the landscapes, people and heritage of Cumbria and the Lake District.

Interests: Walking (he is now on round three of the Wainwrights, and steadying his nerves to attempt Pillar Rock to complete the Birketts!); Landscape conservation; traditional music; local ales; and pizza making.