David Knight was born in Westminster hospital, London and lived in South London until the age of ten, when the family moved to Sevenoaks, Kent where he attended the local Secondary Modern school.
After leaving school at 18 and a short period of unemployment, David went to work in London for two music publishing companies for a number of years. He then went on to work for GEC in a sales team in several of their regional offices. David was promoted to Sales Manager in Central London where his successful team marketed a range of telecoms equipment following the deregulation of the UK’s telecommunication market in the 1980s.
He left GEC in 1987 and founded Southern Care Maintenance, a successful service and maintenance company, based at Staplehurst, Kent where he is still involved as a Director today. In 1991 he also set up an Kent Internet Services, an ISP which provided dial-up Internet access for customers across Kent, which he later went on to sell.
David and his wife, moved to Goudhurst from Tunbridge Wells in 1999 to raise their two children in the Kent countryside and was appointed as a Governor at Cranbrook School during 2014 - 2016 until it converted to Academy status. He has been a member of the Institute of Directors for the last four years.
He decided to stand as an Independent candidate in the May 2019 Borough elections to offer the residents of Goudhurst and Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells an alternative to the usual parties and to have the opportunity to have a Councillor in the Borough
focused on local issues and not tied to a national party.
This resulted in his winning 38% of the vote, losing by only 18 votes, 1%. This seat has been historically held by the Conservatives and last time it was contested in 2016, the Conservatives won it with 61% of the vote - See results here.
Also at the the May 2019 local elections, David was nominated for the Kilndown ward and elected to Goudhurst Parish Council with the highest number of votes in this contested seat with an above average turnout of 40.2% - See results here.
He is presently chair of the Business & Communications committee and deputy chair of Youth and Housing committee and on the Finance committees. He is also a trustee of the Kilndown Village Hall, Quarry Centre and The Millennium Green, where he represents Goudhurst Parish Council.
In the TWBC, he has been appointed to the Finance and Governance Cabinet Advisory Board, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and is Vice chair of General Purposes Committee
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David Knight MIoD Dip Mus (Open)