David has a wealth of senior leadership experience gained in both the private and public sectors and a passion for partnership working and developing people. He spent the first 25 years of his career specialising in corporate finance (including work, both as adviser and principal, relating to mergers & acquisitions, private equity investment, primary and secondary stock-market offerings and strategy development) and gained experience as a senior executive in the MedTech industry.

Following six transformative years as a senior manager with the NHS’ Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, David joined St John’s Foundation in Bath, in 2016, initially as Director of Finance and Corporate Governance. He made a significant impact in a short period of time and became Chief Executive in July 2018. He leads St John’s by following the same open, collegiate and non-hierarchical based principles he has applied throughout his career. He leads by example, encouraging self-confidence in his colleagues to make the most of their strengths and to uphold the attributes embodied in St John’s values of trust, kindness and courage. David believes passionately in the importance of St John’s role in removing inequality of opportunity in its communities and in fulfilling its purpose to change lives, for good. David is also a director of Bath Unlimited CIC and chair of the Bath BID.

Why the Bath Business Conference is important:

The Bath Business Conference is essential to give businesses in Bath and North East Somerset a voice about the way in which the Bath region is and should be developing. The pandemic has exacerbated changes that began before Covid emerged and it is vital that all elements of the communities that make up our region work together to ensure we build on the great strengths of our beautiful city and region to ensure it continues to flourish and provide opportunity for all those who live, visit and work here.