David Fuller was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and attended King Edward VI Grammar School. He left school at age 16, with a modest list of mediocre GCE ‘O’ level passes, and was accepted for employment as an Apprenticed Metallurgist with a local manufacturing company. He studied part-time at Ipswich Civic College (now Suffolk New College) and was credited with Ordinary and Higher National Certificates in Metallurgy. In 1962 he went to University College, Cardiff, (now the University of Cardiff) to read Applied Metallurgy and in 1966 was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree with First Class Honours by the University of Wales. He also won the A A Read Student Metallurgy Prize.
In 1978, after a number of years in scientific management, he moved to Blackburn in Lancashire and until 1992 was responsible for the operation of one of Europe’s most modern, high volume iron foundries. During that time he was a regular contributor of technical lectures at many national and international conferences and seminars associated with the iron foundry industry. He was appointed to the Management Board of BCIRA, then the foundry
industry’s principal research association, and in 1991 was elected President of EEF North West, an organisation which represented engineering companies that collectively employed over 30,000 personnel. During most of the 1980s he led the band of altar servers at Blackburn Cathedral.
In 1993 he left manufacturing industry and retrained as a computer scientist. In 1995 he was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education by the University of Huddersfield and taught computer classes at Blackburn College until 1999. In that year he retired to the Isle of Mull in Scotland where he and his wife had had a holiday home for many years. He is now a Licensed Lay Reader in the Scottish Episcopal Church, Diocese of Argyll and The Isles. During the years 2002–11 he was a Lay Leader, later Lay Chaplain, at the small, local, Anglican Church of S Columba, Gruline. From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the General Synod and the Faith and Order Board of the Scottish Episcopal Church. After retirement he spent seven years as a part-time, distance-learning, undergraduate student of the University of Aberdeen and was awarded a Bachelor of Theology Degree with Honours (2:1) in 2009. In 2014, after five years of part-time, post-graduate, research at the University of Glasgow, studying the life and writings of Anglican monk and liturgist Dom Gregory Dix (1901–52), the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred on him. In recent years he has written and published a dozen books, including an autobiography, books of his sermons and his poetry, and several associated with the Book of Common Prayer and the Church of England. He has had a variety of academic papers published, many in the journals of the Prayer Book Society, of which he has been a member for over 35 years.
His interests include: academic research, cabinet making, puzzle solving and calligraphy.