David started his career with Courtaulds plc, a multinational chemicals group, having completed his first degree and PhD at University College London. Starting in research and development in East London, after 5 years David was promoted to a regional management position in Singapore. As well as being responsible for the technical operations across Southeast Asia for the £10 million industrial coatings business, David led the team which supported production start ups in Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and China. This included the construction of a state of the art, water based manufacturing facility in Singapore – on time and within budget. This was a huge learning experience in developing leadership and people skills done in the context of a completely different culture.
Returning to the UK, David led the international team that provided technical and business support for the global industrial coatings and successfully managed start-ups in India and the USA, including facilities and resource.
Next came a change of gear moving to a family-owned SME industrial adhesives business, where David was head of new technology and product support. David led many changes to their technology and business systems resulting in increased sales and profitability. This included driving significant culture change within the organisation. One of the many things that David learned during this period was that you really do have to get people fully on board with change before it can happen, particularly when the culture runs deep.
David then was appointed head of technology development for the European adhesives division of ICI plc responsible for over 50 staff in 6 European locations – a massive change in role back to a multinational global chemicals giant. Here David was part of the senior management team for two global business units with combined sales of over £600 million. Another gear change was required in David’s performance in managing the strategic elements of a global role.
One of the things that really inspires David has been the realisation of what his teams were able to achieve given the tools and motivation to succeed. It was then a natural choice to move to a career where he had the opportunity to help people develop themselves and their businesses. With this in mind, David joined the &Coaching team and has trained in coaching techniques recognised by the Association for Coaching.
David has successfully made the journey from technical specialist to business leader across several continents and cultures. As a result he understands the challenges of leading and motivating people particularly in technical and manufacturing environments. David is able to combine this skill and knowledge to help clients understand what they need to do to succeed and realise their ambitions, and specialises in coaching executives to encourage and deliver real innovation.