David Whittington is an education adviser to LBMW. Brought up on the Welsh Marches, he attended King Henry VIII Grammar School Abergavenny, from which he won a scholarship to the Queen's College Oxford. This led to degrees in Music and Theology and (following ordination as a Church of England priest) to a spell as Chaplain of his college, teaching for both faculties.
There followed a long association with the North East, first as Vicar of Stockton-on-Tees and then as Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Education. David was appointed an OBE for his services to the Stockton community.
Finally David moved to London as Head of School Development for the Church of England, a post which involved close working relationships with government, dioceses and other partners in the implementation of the expansion of Church of England school provision envisaged by the Dearing Commission and in the development of education law and practice which has been so marked a feature of recent years.
It is this practical background that David brings to his role with LBMW. Now retired from his national post, David continues to raise funds for new Church of England schools and carries out a number of consultancies. These include a strong interest in the development of schools jointly with other faith groups.
In his spare time, David is Chair of Musike GB, restores pipe organs in the churches of Sri Lanka, has two chamber organs and four classic cars of his own to maintain and rejoices in the delights of a Co Durham castle and a Pyrenean farmhouse.