David Ward has spent a lifetime in the Music Industry, three years as a club and concert promoter, 12 years as a professional singer and 25 years as a recording studio owner/manager/sound engineer, some of these concurrently. He founded Gateway Studios in 1976 (now part of Phoenix Sound at Pinewood) and was also the founder of the Gateway School of Recording. His lifelong commitment to education continues with his work as Policy Director of JAMES and he is a Director of APRS. He writes qualifications for awarding bodies and travels widely as a consultant to education authorities, government departments and institutions in course design, listening skills and education facility design.
One of his greatest delights is explaining the world of sound and recording to people and organisations outside the music industry and has recently been involved with designing courses for a major manufacturer of PA equipment. David trained as a therapist in Humanistic Psychology and uses this work in an education context, researching and developing learning skills. He still sings and performs albeit without the beard and long hair that he used to hide behind.