David’s career spans over 30 years across multiple business sectors and brands where he has held leadership roles in marketing, commercial, operations and management in both FTSE, ASX and private equity-backed businesses.
His early career was in the brewing, leisure and hospitality industry with businesses like Bass, Mitchells & Butlers, Whitbread and Costa Coffee. His more recent work has been within retail with Kingfisher, Greencross (Australia) and latterly Halfords, as well a as a number of smaller businesses.
He has over 20 years of experience sitting on diverse executive management teams. In all of these roles, the ESG agenda and charity partnerships have been a key strategic pillar and he has worked with the likes of Shelter, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Children in Need, RSPCA, and MIND.
He was also the founder of the Costa Foundation which has the mandate to provide education in impoverished coffee-growing communities. Those efforts have funded over 100 school projects in 10 countries, giving 100,000 people access to education across the world.