David has 35 years executive management experience plus 10 years as a non-executive director and business advisor.
After graduating from London University in 1973, he spent 20 years with United Biscuits, where he was latterly manufacturing and supply chain director of Ross Young’s and then managing director of KP Snacks.
In 1993 he joined the board of Associated British Foods as chief executive of Allied Bakeries, where he prioritised the growth of Kingsmill as a leading brand in the bakery market.
In 1999 he was appointed chief executive of TDG plc, which he developed into a specialised logistics business before its sale to a financial purchaser in 2008.
Since then he has developed a variety of business interests. He was the senior independent director of Carillion plc between 2004-2011, Phoenix IT and Mouchel. He has also served as a non executive director at St Modwen, Kewill and Victoria Carpets.
He is currently the senior independent director at John Menzies plc (the aviation and distribution services business) and has recently been appointed as a non- executive director of Speedy Hire plc (the leading equipment hire provider).
In the private equity sector he has been chairman of the Options Group and Deritend, currently at Neatcrown.
He is an associate of Duke CE and has supported projects with clients both in the UK and internationally, including Enterprise Ireland, Balfour Beatty, Aircel, Roche and Google.
In 2010 he formed the Oakwood Partnership which provides advisory and coaching services to senior executive teams. The business specialises in strategy, the alignment of business and operating models, performance improvement, process development and leadership coaching. In this capacity he has facilitated growth strategy projects for clients such as Barclays Ventures, Kewill Plc and a number of privately owned businesses.