David Roy was born and educated in Cowes, Isle of Wight where he qualified as a naval architect. He came to Birmingham in 1960 engaged in general engineering, eventually becoming Managing Director of a traditional Birmingham company.
He married Jenny in 1965 and has two daughters and one son. David held a number of directorships, including the Board of Birmingham Airport Holdings, Birmingham Symphony Hall, National Exhibition Centre Limited and Board of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre.
First elected to Birmingham City Council in 1982 as a Conservative, David has represented Vesey Ward, Sutton Coldfield since 1988. He was the Chairman of Birmingham’s Planning Committee when he retired in April 2008. A past Lord Mayor of the City of Birmingham, past Chancellor of the University of Central England, Freeman of the City of London and is an Honorary Alderman of the City of Birmingham.
David has travelled widely and his interests include ornithology, philately, gardening, Masonry and local politics. He is a Member of the RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Life Member of the National Trust, Life Member of the Friends of Sutton Park, Life Member of Sutton Coldfield Civic Society, Trustee of Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities.
David has been a lay member of Council since 2005.