David is a versatile, strategically minded, commercial and approachable Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience as a Finance Director and a proven track record of successfully coaching senior management to achieve business growth and sustainable improvements in financial results.
David’s first Finance Director role was as part of a management team of 3 owner managers who developed a business plan for their SME in the oil & gas services sector, raised capital for it from a combination of a trade source, bank finance and venture capital from 3i, increased the turnover of the business fivefold and then eventually sold the business via a trade sale. As a result, David has a strong empathy with growing businesses operating in the SME sector.
Since then David has gained a broad range of expertise from working as part of and managing commercially minded, often international, finance teams particularly in ambitious, fast paced and growing technology, IT and telecoms businesses operating in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas, helping them to both grow organically and to integrate acquisitions. Consequently, David has extensive experience and understanding of international business and finance and in export led growth, but has also gained strong experience from working closely with sales teams to support business growth, and, as well as his skill set in the normal financial disciplines, has developed good knowledge in other business areas including legal, HR, contracts, compliance, IT systems and general administration.