David is one of the firm’s senior consultants, and has successfully led and completed well over 200 Chair, CEO, COO, CFO and functional searches since joining the firm in 2012. He works across the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors, and has a particular specialism in education. This includes working with universities, Oxbridge colleges and leading schools, for which he has, amongst other roles, appointed over 60 finance directors and bursars. David founded our CFO practice and since then has led on over 100 searches within the space, successfully placing CFOs and other senior finance professionals for leading commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Before joining Saxton Bampfylde David was CFO of three organisations: the Financial Times Publishing Group, Rocco Forte Hotels and Kaplan Europe. He was also a non executive director of Colliers CRE plc. He read Law at UCL, has an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a chartered accountant. David is one of the founders of a school in Kenya, which supports students from the marginalised northern parts of the country, bordering Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.

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