David’s executive role is as Chief Executive at The Elders, where since 2016 he has been leading the Secretariat which supports the work of this independent group of global statespeople, mainly former Presidents, who work together for peace and human rights, founded by Nelson Mandela.
David is also the Senior Independent Director at FTSE250 company Drax Group plc, Deputy Chair of the International Integrated Reporting Council, and a member of the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of England. He has held various non-executive Board roles since 1991 with a range of organisations in the private and not-for-profit sectors.
David’s previous executive roles in the NGO sector were as CEO of WWF-UK and Chair of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative; CEO of Transparency International based in Berlin; and FD of Oxfam.
David originally qualified as an accountant with PWC, moved into venture capital with 3i, and then into manufacturing, latterly as Finance Director of Field Group plc through its management buyout and subsequent successful flotation in 1993.
David has two degrees in theology, one in finance, and an honorary doctorate. He and his wife have four adult children and live in the UK.