David was an energetic, respected and well liked consumer marketer who had a positive impact in all the organisations at which he worked during his 24-year career that was tragically cut short.
He started his career with United Biscuits (UB) in 1989 working at Ross Young’s for six years. McVitie’s followed, leading the launch of the ‘Go Ahead’ brand.
In 1997 he moved to Australia with its Smith Snack Foods before returning as international marketing controller.
After over ten years with UB, David joined Sarah Lee Bakeries before then beginning a career as a senior interim marketer. Projects included Campbell’s, Premier and UB.
For the past eight years David was the board director at Denby Pottery leading marketing, online and retail functions, making a significant contribution to the business.
David was a great all-round team player and knew how to get the very best out of the people he worked with in all parts of the organisation. All those who worked with David enjoyed his sense of fun and admired his passion for brands and ideas that could transform a business.
The marketing community has lost a great character and a true professional.
A service to celebrate David’s life will be held at St Helen’s Church, Escrick on Monday 27 January at 1.30pm. Donations in memory of David to St Helen’s Church, St Leonard’s Hospice and ‘York and District against Motor Neurone Disease’.
Linda Salt, communications manager for heritage brands, Denby Pottery
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