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Upon leaving Millfield, Timothy went to California for further education. His first venture was to elevate the construction arm of his company (senior officials having affiliations to Millfield) from local to international level, with a container project. More than a quarter of a century ago China opened itself up to the rest of the world, Timothy’s firm being among the first to invest in the mainland, concentrating on the country’s infrastructure and tourism industry and pioneering the hotel industry. The most memorable venture was a chance meeting with golf legend Arnold Palmer, which led to the first golf course on the Chinese mainland. The trend-setting course has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, which, in a way, attests to two decades of China's phenomenal economic development. Timothy’s passion for furthering golf could have been the result of the influence of his flamboyant headmaster, “Boss", whose golfing lore was an inspiration.

The family business also has a philanthropic arm that invested in the future of the country through education, arts and sports. Timothy himself took part in furthering the cause both on the mainland and in Hong Kong. He is proud of his part in the Beijing quest for the Olympics, a dream that will be realized in 2008 with the Summer Games in the Chinese capital. Among his most cherished memories is the return of China to the Olympic fold in 1984 in Los Angeles, where the country came third in the number of medals won, including the very first gold ever achieved by any Chinese athlete. The International Olympic Committee in 2001 recognized his work for sports by naming him one of its 120-odd members and subsequently to the coordinating commission to the Beijing Games. Timothy attributes his passion for sports to his tenure at Millfield whose sports emphasis as a means to mould character left in him an indelible mark 40 years ago. He is today a proponent of the same philosophy as evinced in his Presidency of the Hong Kong Football Association and the same for the Olympic Committee in the territory that, in 2009, will host its East Asian Games under the auspices of the Olympic Council of Asia, of which he is a Vice President.

The Government of Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region, earlier this year bestowed on him its ultimate honour, the Golden Bauhinia Star. Furthermore, his constituents recently re-elected him to serve for the third executive term as Legislator for the Arts, Sports, Culture and Publications constituency. None of this is possible, he feels, without the Millfield imprint during the most formative years of his life for which he is most grateful.
Before joining Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, David embarked upon an accounting career and, until he took up his position with the Professional Cricketers Association in 1983, he continued on a regular basis as a self-employed accountant. However, his post-Millfield life really falls into two distinct phases: his active and his non-playing cricket lives. As a good slow left-arm bowler, he played for Gloucestershire from 1972 to 1990 (6 years as Captain), for Somerset in 1991 and for

Durham for three years after that (being Captain for 2 of them). He represented the England under 25 team and played County Cricket for 22 successive years, finishing with the following bowling statistics:

Matches Innings Runs Ave

Batting: 457 580 7107 17.67

Wickets Ave Best 5 Wkts 10 in Match


Bowling: 981 30.44 8 for 85 40 7

As long ago as 1975, he had been elected Gloucestershire representative to the P.C.A. Executive Committee, right up to 1983 when he was appointed as P.C.A. Treasurer. He became that organisation’s Secretary in 1992 and Chief Executive in 1994. During his term of office with the P.C.A. he played his part in helping to improve the lot of cricketers, including the establishment of pension plans, a minimum wage and health trust. He stood down from the Committee in 2002. He managed an unofficial tour to South Africa in 1990, became a National Selector in 1995 and Chairman in 1997, up to 1999 also managing England Teams in various countries around the world. He is currently still Chairman of Selectors, Vice President to the P.C.A. and F.I.C.A. (Federation of International Cricketers Association) and still serves on numerous English Cricket Board Committees. He has done a quite splendid job as Chairman of Selectors. Before David took over, all his predecessors were criticised by the press and public for omitting key or selecting unworthy cricketers. Particularly in recent years, England has enjoyed much success and it appears a general consensus, now, that David’s Committee is choosing the right men for the job. Last year, he attained 100 tests as a National Selector. His commitment to the England cause is unquestioned.
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