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David North BEng

Sector Specialist

David North website profile
  • Digital and software specialist who helps translate clients’ projects to HMRC.
  • 20 years’ experience in digital, both in programming and leading software teams.
  • Degree in electronic engineering.
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David is a software expert within our sector specialist team. We can include him in a hand-picked group to support our clients with complex software-based R&D tax credit claims.

David has a degree in electronic engineering with management studies. It was as an undergraduate that his passion for programming was ignited. This was a passion that would quickly transform into a career, mainly in digital agencies, spanning more than 20 years.

Beginning at a start-up he learnt to work with a multitude of different systems focused around content management. And then at a series of digital agencies where he developed his expertise in a wide range of front and back end languages and disciplines. These mainly centred around the Microsoft stack including; .net using C#; HTML5, CSS and JavaScript; Umbraco; Kentico; and Adobe AEM along with a variety of different cloud platforms and database technologies. David also gained certification as a Sitecore developer. Although he has always been keen to get involved with hands-on aspects of development, David gravitated towards problem solving and architectural design for clients – particularly for complex and unusual technical integrations. This gives him great insight into the challenges ForrestBrown clients are facing with their R&D.

David has led development teams at Rockpool Digital, 3Sixty Design, Wildscreen and True Digital in head of technology roles. While in these positions he has worked on projects for many household names including RAC, Honda, Sainsbury’s, Sky, and Fuller’s (brewery).  Working with enterprise clients meant David gained broad experience of information security processes and techniques.

With such a wealth of experience, David is a heavy-weight resource to have on hand when clients wish to claim R&D tax credits on their advanced digital systems work. He helps ensure we deliver robust, optimised claims which reward clients in full for their innovation.