David is a descendant of the Lafone family via his paternal grandmother. The Lafones gave their name to part of East Falkland which they bought in the 1850s. His father, Patrick Ainslie, was Chairman of the Falkland Islands Company in the 1950s – 60s.
David first visited the Falklands from April - September 1966, and taught at Darwin Boarding School as a relief teacher for a term. He had time for a trip around the Islands on RMS Darwin, and to South Georgia for its Winter visit.
After returning to the UK David attended university for three years, and then qualified as a Solicitor in 1973. He retired in March 2018.
During his training in 1971 David was introduced by his father to Bill Christie who also worked in Lincoln’s Inn, and became a member of the UK Falkland Islands Committee that year. He has remained on its successor organisations (now the Falkland Islands Association) to this day.
In 1981 Bill Christie proposed forming a UK charity to undertake projects related to the Falklands. David as a charity law specialist set up the UK Falkland Islands Trust and has been UKFIT Chairman since 2008.
David has been married to Catherine for 25 years, and they have two adult sons, Jonathan and Richard. Personal interests include fishing, and David fulfilled an ambition to catch a sea trout in The Falklands, during a visit in November 2018.