David was born in Limehouse, and lived the first 21 years of his life in a council flat in Barking. His Dad was a cabinet maker from Cardiff, but moved to the East End after meeting his Mum during World War 2. His Mum was from Barking, a book keeper, but in the war in the ATS was posted to SAS headquarters in Halstead, where she met his Dad "over the air". His Dad was a radio operator in C squadron 1 SAS, dropped behind enemy lines in support of the D Day landings. David is a lifelong West Ham supporter, educated at Barking Abbey School, and then University College London. He has lived in various parts of London, then in St. Albans for 32 years, but moved back to the borough of Newham, near West Ham Park, in October 2020. He's an Eastender come home, who loves the East End, and the fact that Newham is the most diverse borough in the country. David is a Physics graduate who has spent all of his working life in the technology sector, as a director or general manager of various software and services companies. He is now CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, a not-for-profit, membership driven trade body, which advocates and promotes the use of cloud based software, platforms, and infrastructure services. David is a regular speaker at tech events, and the forum works with technology and business leaders to shape the world of Digital Transformation.
David joined the Social Democrat Party in 1981, and has been a Liberal Democrat since the formation of the party when the Liberal Party and the SDP merged. David was elected as a LibDem councillor for Sandridge Parish in St. Albans for 10 years, and served as chairman of the council for 5 of those years. He's been involved with the party wherever he has lived, and is currently Chair of the Liberal Democrats for Newham, Barking, and Dagenham. David's ethos matches the party's fundamental belief in liberty, equality, and community, and he is strong supporter of all Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and LGBTQ+ issues. Wherever Liberal Democrats are elected they believe in a community-led approach. As a Plaistow North Councillor he won't take your vote for granted. He will fight for the local issues that are important to you, supporting better crime prevention, protection of our green spaces, more public toilets, tackling fly tipping, reducing litter, and better better waste recycling. He will connect with local businesses and entrepreneurs to help them get better support. He'll also campaign for you on national issues like unfair taxes, soaring energy bills, the failure of our water companies, and the cost of living crisis.
David on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidterrar/