Sir David Amess has been a Conservative MP since 1983. He represented Basildon from 1983-1997 and has been the MP for Southend West since 1997. He became a Fellow of the IPT in 1994 after spending time with Esso. In 2012, David completed his IPT Post-Graduate Fellowship specialising in the Cultural and Creative Industries, spending time at Brit School, ITN and the Royal Opera House. David is also the current Chairman of the IPT Fellowship Committee.