David is an international expert in intellectual property technology transfer and research management. His international experience includes Japan, Jordan, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Argentina, India, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon as well as Europe and the USA. Dr Secher is a Life Fellow and until recently was Senior Bursar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge where he was responsible for the investment of a £210 million endowment.
David is Patron of PraxisAuril (formerly PraxisUnico) and Past Chairman of PraxisUnico. Until 31 October 2013, he was co-founder and chairman of Praxis Courses Limited, the leading UK technology transfer training programme. He served as Director of Research Services, University of Cambridge where he was responsible for creating and directing a new division of 80 staff, for designing and implementing an IP policy for the University and for technology transfer throughout the University resulting in £2 million licensing revenue, 40 new licences and six spin outs per year.
David was Chief Executive of N8 Limited, a consortium of eight research-led universities in the North of England, securing initial funding of £6m from Regional Development Agencies. His earlier career was in molecular biology research with MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Celltech Limited and Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK). Dr Secher held or was named on three patents and is the holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion (2007) for creating “environments that favour enterprise, specialising in the practical aspects of commercialising the results of academic research”. He is the Director of Cambridge KT Ltd and Trustee of Cambridge United Charities. David is also chair of the Audit and Market Disclosure Committees, and a member of the Remuneration Committee.