PhD MBA FRSM PGCE
David is a highly experienced leader, having worked in many different countries as a musician and artistic director with a large variety of teams, both as a civilian and also during his career in the army. He has led from the front, for example leading the main procession at the Queen’s Birthday Parade on horseback, but also in a more transformational way, by empowering and coaching his team to enable them to perform in front of world leaders and broadcast to millions. The chief attributes which he brings to a leadership team are his innovative and creative approach and his ability to think strategically while still focusing on the reality of delivery. ‘Challenging the process’ is something he does almost instinctively but he is also well known for his solutions, including taking civilian musicians on a ground-breaking tour to the Balkans. In Afghanistan, he created opportunities to work with Afghan musicians, quickly building up a key network of stakeholders to make things happen. The result was joint musical events and building valuable inter-cultural bonds far beyond the usual scope of such a tour. This links also to his PhD research which looks at soft power and what can be achieved through cultural influence.