David Sheppard was appointed as Head of Trade in the UKTI Life Sciences Organisation in June 2015 and is responsible for leading a team of civil servants and sector specialists to help companies to export life sciences products and services.

David joined the Ministry of Defence in 1989. Whilst in Defence he worked in equipment procurement, international defence co-operation, the 2001 Armed Forces Parliamentary Act and Human Resources.

From 2008 to 2013 David was Assistant Director for Africa and the Middle East in the UKTI Defence and Security Organisation.  In 2013 he also held the post of Head of Trade and Investment in the British Embassy in Muscat, Oman.