David joined the board of the Commonwealth Bank in August 2006 and was Chairman from 2010 to 2016. He is currently an independent board member of Ashurst and Director of O’Connell Street Associates.

He was Chairman of Cobham plc (2008-2010), has held a number of directorships including Whitbread plc and the Iron Trades Insurance Group, and has been a member of the Quotations Committee of the London Stock Exchange. He was CEO of Brambles Limited from 2003 until his retirement in 2007, and formerly CFO (2001 – 2003). He was also Finance Director of GKN plc (1993 – 2001), Finance Director of Booker plc (1984 – 1993), and prior to that spent six years with Mobil Oil.

David has significant experience in international businesses spanning a wide variety of industries from oil, through agribusiness and food distribution, engineering, leisure, aerospace and defence, industrial services and financial services. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.