David Foster holds the degree of BSc in Applied Physics and Electronics from the University of Durham and graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Science.
He initially took up a fellowship position in the Data Handling Division at CERN working on compiler technologies for embedded systems. After specialising in the management of distributed systems and provisioning of desktop services he obtained an MBA at Durham University Business School.
Following the responsibility for the implementation of the international networking solutions for the LHC, and management as the deputy head of the Information Technology Department, he obtained the degree of Master of Laws in Information Technology at the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded the degree of LLM with Distinction in 2015.
Since 2016 he has been working in the area of Privacy and Data Protection at CERN.
David Foster is a chartered physicist, a fellow of the institute of physics and a member of the chartered institute of management.