David Savage is the University's Chief Operating Officer. He was educated at Bristol Grammar School and University College London. He is a qualified accountant and for 20 years worked for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) holding various financial and commercial posts, initially at UKAEA's London Headquarters, and from 1992 at their site at Harwell in Oxfordshire. He came to the University on his appointment as Director of Finance in October 1999. He is an enthusiastic follower of most sports and a keen boater with a narrowboat moored on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Newbury.