As founding Director of Phoenix, David had previously held diverse positions and had some powerful experiences that finally made coherent sense once “the voice in his head” told him in 2008 he should set up his own business. That was when he decided the only way to support companies and communities to make transformational change of benefit to themselves, society and the natural environment was to create something unique, himself. Phoenix.
So, he now calls on that coherent background in genuine strategy and strategic planning, sustainability, strategic foresight, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, to help companies and communities explore wicked challenges and offer structured and participatory solutions.
He passionately believes that there are better, more authentic, solutions available to meet the related needs of industry and community than is often the norm.
Outside of work, people’s eyes roll when he explains his commitment as a fan to the Western Sydney Wanderers. For someone who is often told he is incredibly calm when independently dealing with outraged stakeholders or staff, he can become a little bit crazed at poor refereeing that always goes against the Wanderers. Obviously.
With his family and friends, he enjoys helping out the local school, coaching a soccer team (but reverts back to refreshingly calm David) and running. The running is a great way of maintaining his denial that he will never age. And he loves spending time connecting with nature.
Position: Founding Director
Experience: 20 years in the private and public sectors in roles as diverse as Head of Strategy for an energy company through to managing environmental impact statements in a consulting practice and, advising on environmental releases from some of NSW’s biggest dams. This called on an expertise in strategy, environmental management, community development, outrage and opposition, leadership, internal communications, process improvement, OH&S.
Skills: Facilitation, chairing, coaching, program reviews, report writing. The ability to work with anyone from CEOs to members of the poorest communities in Australia.