David Nussbaum

David Nussbaum

Following an executive career in international organisations in the private and NGO sectors, David now has a portfolio of non-executive and trustee board roles. 

David is the Senior Independent Director of Drax Group plc; a member of the Board of the Value Reporting Foundation where he chairs the Finance & Compensation Committee; a Board member of the International Budget Partnership; and a member of the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of England.  He also serves as a member of the Advisory Councils of Transparency International UK, and of Blueprint for Better Business; and is an independent Councillor on his local Parish Council.

David was Chief Executive of The Elders, a group of independent global leaders – mainly former Presidents and UN Secretary Generals – founded by Nelson Mandela working together for peace and human rights, until October 2021.  Prior to that he was Chief Executive of WWF-UK from 2007 and chaired WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.  His previous roles include serving as Chief Executive of the global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International based in Berlin; as Finance Director and a Deputy Chief Executive of Oxfam, where he also headed up Oxfam’s operations in India for a period; and as Finance Director of the European packaging business Field Group plc, through its management buyout and subsequent successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange.  David originally qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC, moving into venture capital with 3i, and then into manufacturing.

David has previously served as non-executive Chair of Traidcraft plc, non-executive Director of Low Carbon Accelerator, Vice-Chair of Shared Interest, Chair of Transparency International UK, Deputy Chair of the International Integrated Reporting Council, and on the Marks & Spencer plc Executive Advisory Board on Sustainability.

David has two degrees in theology, one in finance, and an honorary doctorate.  He and his wife have four adult children and a granddaughter, and live in the UK.