Chief Executive, The Elders
David became Chief Executive at The Elders in October 2016. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of WWF-UK from 2007 and chaired WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. He is also a non-executive director of Drax Group plc and a Deputy Chair on the Board of the International Integrated Reporting Council.
David originally qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, moved into venture capital with 3i, and then into manufacturing, latterly as Finance Director of Field Group plc through its management buyout in 1991 and subsequent successful flotation. He joined Oxfam in 1997 as Finance Director and a Deputy Chief Executive and was later seconded to head up Oxfam’s operations in India. In 2002 David joined Transparency International, the leading global anti-corruption organisation, as Chief Executive based in Berlin.
David has also been non-executive Chair of Traidcraft plc, a non-executive director of Low Carbon Accelerator, Vice-Chair of Shared Interest, Chair of Transparency International UK and served on the Executive Advisory Board on Sustainability of Marks & Spencer plc.
David has two degrees in theology, one in finance, and an honorary doctorate. He and his wife have four adult children.