David joined the WILDTRUST in April 2013 as their Durban Regional Recycling Manager overseeing the establishment of the Cato Manor Recycling Depot and Durban-based Recycling for Life initiative. This followed a five-year stint at EnviroServ where David learnt the good, the bad and the ugly about recycling in a corporate context. This experience led him to realise that his future lay rather in community development.
David’s seven years at the WILDTRUST have seen him carry out a number of roles establishing new projects or rejuvenating old projects. His solution-oriented approach and his ability to engage meaningfully with communities has set him up well to project manage community-based initiatives in KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, Northern Cape, and Eastern Cape.
His position as the WILDLANDS Biodiversity Economy Deputy Director enabled him to fulfil a lifelong passion for working in the wild, building on opportunities and relationships that encouraged a more sustainable community-owned game reserve at Somkhanda.
More recently, David moved across to the WILDOCEANS team to lead the multi-country Blue Action Fund – Oceans Alive project. This role will drive research and knowledge development, improved management effectiveness, as well as partner, stakeholder and community engagement along the coastal regions of iSimangaliso in South Africa and collaborating sites in Mozambique.