David gained his first degree in Control Systems Engineering from Sheffield University in 1987. He then trained to become a teacher completing a P.G.C.E. at Sheffield Hallam University in 1888. Whilst working as a senior leader he completed a M.Ed at Sheffield University in 1997. He has worked in education for 33 years as a Physics teacher, Head of Science, Senior leader, headteacher, Executive headteacher and founding chief executive of a large Multi-Academy Trust based in Cheshire. David retired in 2020 to become an educational consultant and researcher specialising in equality issues and governance.

Research and scholarship

David is carrying out research using Critical Race Theory to look at the structural systemic issues within education. He is looking at the impact of COVID on the educational life chances of children.

The work of science technicians in a secondary school: a case study DA Hermitt, Division of Education, University of Sheffield (1996) Diversity at the very top D Hermitt, Primary Teacher Update 2015 (46), 50-502015 From year 6 to year 7 D Hermitt, Seced 2015 (17), 11-112015 The Strategic Management of the Professional Development of Teaching Staff DA Hermitt, University of Sheffield, Division of Education (1997) Newspaper