David follows in the footsteps of his father, Christian Brann (Master 1997), his grandfather, Cecil Hall (Master 1949) and his great grandfather, Thomas William Hall (Master 1918 and 1919) in his commitment to the Worshipful Company of Innholders. He was apprenticed to his father in 1967 and joined the Livery in 1984.
After school David studied Hotel Management, training at The Lygon Arms in Broadway and the Grand Hotel in Bristol. He worked in a number of hotels and as a Hotel Officer on the QE2 before specialising in restaurants, reputedly on the grounds that at least the customers went home at night! After five years as Managing Director of Bentleys Restaurants, David and his wife Barbara started Branns Restaurant and Wine Bar in Winchester, which they operated until 1992.
After the sale of their business David opted for a career change and became a charity fundraiser. He studied for diplomas in fundraising and marketing, awarded respectively by the Institute of Fundraising and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, whilst working as Corporate Fundraising Manager and later Marketing Manager at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He was promoted to the Board in 1999 and served as Fundraising and Communications Director until 2012.
Outside of work, David is a keen sailor. For many years he and Barbara raced a GP14 with some success, but now they have forsaken the hardships of dinghy sailing for the relative comfort of sailboat cruising. In 2013 they sailed their Bowman 40 from their home port of Poole to Greece. They have now returned to home waters, allowing more time for other interests and responsibilities. Apart from sailing, David is involved in village life, his local church and still advises a number of charities on strategic planning.
David and Barbara have two daughters, Rebecca and Camilla. Beccy (Wright) joined the Livery in 2014.