David is the Head of Sales at First Travel Solutions (FTS), the managed transport division of FirstGroup plc. FTS work extensively with the educational travel market through the provision of coach, minibus and managed taxi services for UK and overseas students. FTS also have their own school groups tour operator – First Education and School Travel.
Having started a railway career in the late 1980’s, David navigated his was through privatisation and has headed up award winning Sales operations for the likes of Eurostar and GWR. In 2018 he moved to FTS to provide the business with a more strategic outlook and has since grown the Sales operation fourfold. Working across several sales channels, FTS aims to expand its operations further to meet client demand. In his spare time David heads-up Sales for The Train Chartering Company, who as the name suggests, arrange charter trains and private carriages for their clients. “I can’t quite kick the rail habit and I’m the first to admit it”, says David.
David lives in Sussex, is married and father to two grown-up ‘boomerang’ daughters – just when I think they’ve left they’re back at home again!