Having initially trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), he spent the first 10 years of his career working in television as a producer and a presenter. His most notable appearances at that time were as a regular travel reporter on the BBC’s ‘Holiday’ programme, hosting ‘Songs of Praise’, and he also had his own travel programme on Channel 5 - ‘Was It Good For You?’
Specialising these days in the corporate world, David has hosted numerous conferences/events and videos for some of the world’s leading companies and organisations, including: Astra Zeneca, AXA, Barclays, BDO, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Iceland Foods, Mars Chocolate, Molson Coors & Sainsbury’s. In addition, having part-owned and run a London based Employee Engagement agency for many years, David has gained extensive experience in interviewing senior business executives, and is a specialist in helping companies bring their visions, strategies & values to life. He also has a genuine passion in coaching other people to present, from ‘first-timers’ to Board level.
Flexible, professional and very personable, David always brings enthusiasm and commitment to every project that he is involved with. He is an experienced video presenter, voice-over artist, and conference host/MC/facilitator; with a very natural and compelling style.
AXA, B&Q, Kellogs, Mars, Barclays, HSBC, Molson Coors, Sainsbury's, Experian, Iceland, Tesco, Astra Zeneca and GSK.
What the clients say:
David has been excellent in preparing me for my first Sales and Marketing conference – he has helped me to build my confidence, support me on my key messages and help me develop a presenting style that is natural to me and engaging for the audience. His 1-2-1 coaching style is very relaxed, tailored to your personal style and needs, and with a level of insight that is easy to understand and even easier to implement to help you to improve. He is a great guy with excellent experiences and I will definitely be using him to continue to develop my presenting style.
(Vice President Sales - Mars Chocolate UK)
David is an accomplished speaker in his own right and this gives him the credibility to coach others. David balances positive reinforcement with constructive feedback well. His hints, tips and advice and coaching if embraced can enhance any speakers performance.
David is confident and has the gravitas to work at senior executive level. What I particularly like is David's desire to be in the shoes of the audience when coaching presenters, this helps speakers crisp up messages, deliver with meaning and enjoy it!
(Head of Business Communications and L&D – B&Q)
David thank you for making the best out of me - I have been inundated by praise and really it should go to you. What is it they say about sow's ears - well I think you did a great job into making me half decent. I really appreciate the nice touches, which added that all important humour and human touch.
(Chief Executive Officer – AXA Japan)
I have had a number of coaching sessions with David over the past year in preparation for several key presentations to my company’s executive Board and to our leadership population. David takes time to understand the message you want to convey, and appreciates what is at stake for you during that presentation. I have had presentation coaches in the past that focus on the negative; that my stance or choice of words is not right. I find that David focuses on the positive aspects and how to engage and involve your audience rather than on more ‘academic’ coaching.
(Group Marketing and Communications Director, AXA UK)
I’d like to thank you David for your expert coaching advice that has already proved useful. Last Thursday following a last minute request, I had to present to a group of senior people within my company including my two bosses...the feedback I received afterwards was amazing!! - I’m absolutely delighted and I simply can’t thank you enough not only for the new skills you taught me but the confidence I gained through your expert guidance.
(Head of HR - Experian)