David Linley founded LINLEY in 1985, choosing to follow his genuine passion of cabinet-making in favour of more traditional career paths. David's creative ability was nurtured by his parents, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon from an early age as they encouraged his passion for making things. His talented father, an eminent photographer was particularly influential having himself trained as an architect and designed amongst other things the Aviary at London Zoo. David attended Bedales School, an alternative school which emphasises arts and crafts, where he developed an avid interest in wood-working honing his professional skills at a specially designated School for Craftsmen in Wood he attended subsequently.

David has written three books and has lectured around the world at prestigious venues such as the V&A Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2006, David took up the position of Chairman of Christie's UK, in addition to his role as Chairman of LINLEY. David lives in London with his wife Serena, son Charles and daughter Margarita.