David is an expert in business improvement, transformation, and financial strategy. He is a senior leader with over 15 years’ experience of improving and growing businesses, gained from a variety of executive and non-executive roles. David has acted as a CEO, a CFO, a director of a leading accountancy practice, and a business owner.
A Chartered Accountant by background, David progressed quickly through a variety of senior leadership roles to amass a wealth of business experience and has been a recognised thought leader in areas such as risk management and the commercialisation of intellectual property. He is a strong communicator and is skilled at understanding highly complex operations and businesses quickly and explaining business critical issues and solutions to others.
He has strong influencing and negotiation skills and can drive transformation programmes to success with authority and a clear vision. His broad range of experience covers multiple disciplines including finance, change management, organisational development, HR, IT & technology, project management, audit & assurance, business improvement and corporate venturing.
David has worked with a variety of large and high profile organisations in a range of sectors, including:
“David has played a crucial role in the transformation and growth of the College at a Group level, leading on the development of corporate ventures and acquisitions, including a national training provider. His commercial acumen and strategic thinking have proved invaluable as both a senior leader of the College and director of the Group subsidiaries, handling sensitive relationships with key stakeholders such as the bank and funding agencies with confidence and integrity. He was also responsible for the development of the Group’s shared services centre from planning to implementation. David has a ‘can do’ approach and his positivity, professionalism and dedication make him an asset to any team.” - Elaine Bowker, Chief Executive, The City of Liverpool College Group
“David has been an excellent board member at St Vincent’s for the past 8 years and plays a crucial lead role as Chair of our Audit Committee. David’s skills are invaluable to the organisation, as is the depth of his understanding of and commitment to our ethos and social purpose. In particular, David has brought new thinking to the Board in terms of business transformation during these challenging times, and we have benefitted immensely from his financial leadership skills and experience. The organisation is in great shape from a governance and financial perspective, and David has played a lead role in ensuring the business remains strong. He has supported the organisation through strong thought leadership, solid business acumen and a broad range of skills, all underpinned by his authenticity and integrity. As an executive team, we very much appreciate his ideas and guidance." - Charlotte Norman, Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Housing Association
AOC / CFDG Good Practice Guide to Risk Management (2011)
HEFCE Related Company Guidance for Higher Education Institutions (2005)
Finalist, Finance Director of the Year Awards 2013
David has a ‘can do’ approach and his positivity, professionalism and dedication make him an asset to any team."
- Elaine Bowker, Chief Executive, The City of Liverpool College Group