David Gunson was born in Sheffield. He originally trained to be a metallurgist before changing direction slightly to join the RAF.
David flew for twelve years in the Royal Air Force doing Search and Rescue and anti-submarine work. He was an air traffic controller at Birmingham Airport for 22 years, until he retired in 1992.
David is a Yorkshire man whose interests include cricket and rugby. He lives in a leafy suburb of Solihull with his wife Doreen and children.
David's speech, entitled "What goes up doesn't necessarily come down" draws on his wide experience of near misses and narrowly averted disasters, with his tongue firmly in his cheek!
"The whole evening was an outstanding success and David Gunson played a significant part in that success - he was outstanding both as an after dinner speaker and as a table guest."Forticrete on David Gunson who spoke at their annual dinner in October 2005