About David


I’m a Senior Technical Consultant at Myriad Associates where I help UK companies identify and then maximise the public funding they can get for their Research and Development (R&D) activities through R&D Tax Credits and grant funding. I write technology reports that describe each company’s R&D, so that it’s easy for HMRC and grant assessors to recognise their eligibility.

Before joining Myriad Associates in January 2015 I worked in technical communication for over 20 years. I am a regular speaker at professional technical communication conferences in the UK, Europe, and the USA. As well as technical writing and editing in general, I am interested in content strategy, information design, and the management of technical communication, particularly in the context of agile software development. I am also very fond of surveys.

I’m a Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC), and I am currently the ISTC Council member responsible for Professional Development and Recognition, which covers all aspects of education and training. Previously I was Chair of the annual Technical Communication UK Conference (TCUK), which is hosted by the ISTC, for four years (Newcastle 2012, Bristol 2013, Brighton 2014, and Glasgow 2015). I was part-time Associate Lecturer on the distance-learning MA Professional Communication programme at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) from 2005 to 2015 (sadly, this course is now closed).

From October 2009 to December 2012 I worked in the technical communications team at Medidata Solutions Inc., a developer of specialist software systems to support clinical research in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. From January 2013 to December 2014 I was the sole technical author at Teledyne TSS, a manufacturer of marine navigation instruments.

Presentation feedback

Comments on my presentation on technical editing at TCUK 2012:

  • Well presented, clearly presented, relevant content, right length for time available. 
  • Good insight into tech editing. Tallies with my experience. Thanks!
  • Thanks David. You may just have helped me finally redefine my job! ☺
  • Very Good. Lots of practical information and advice. Thank you David!
  • Excellent presentation. Well presented, nice content. More like that please. Thank you David.
  • Very good, succinct, useful.
  • Good, clear, well-structured presentation with practical ideas to take away. 
  • David is a great, fluent, entertaining speaker. I learnt from his talk.
  • Great stuff! 
  • V. Good presentation – interesting discussion – good slides.
  • Thoughtful, usefully based on both published authority and professional experience.

Speaking at your event

If you’d like me to speak at your event you can contact me directly by email,  david_AT_farbey_DOT_co_DOT_uk (you know what to do).


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