After serving as vice chair for one year. He will hold the post of Chair for two years. In June 2016 the CBI AGM voted to appoint David to the CBI Board as a non-executive director.
David established Aurora Prime Real Estate Limited to focus on a new dawn emerging in Belfast and is seeking to raise £50m locally and internationally to invest in Grade A office space in Belfast.
He believes that the ingredients are in place for a transformation in Northern Ireland’s capital city returning it in a modern day context to what it was a century ago – a hive of industry, creativity and wealth formation.
Aurora has combined forces with Crescent Capital - Crescent has been investing in Northern Ireland since 1995 and is the region’s largest independent fund manager.
Until April 2015, he was Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter Limited - a strategic site that has the potential to become one of the most exciting developments across the islands of Ireland and Britain.
Previously he was the Executive Director of Quintain Estates and Development plc responsible for the specialist fund management business which focussed on residential healthcare, student accommodation, science parks and niche secondary property in the UK.
Prior to that, David was Chief Executive of Strategic Investment Board Limited for six years, advising Ministers in Northern Ireland on the infrastructure programme across the region. He has extensive experience in project and tax based finance and was a Director of Hambros Bank in the City of London.
David is currently Chair of Visit Belfast and Sports Changes Life as well as the environmental arm of Business in the Community in NI, Arena Network. He is also Vice Chair of the Washington Ireland Program. He is both a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineers
David has a degree in Economics and Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin having had his secondary education at Blackrock College, Co Dublin.