David trained as a chartered accountant in London before joining Unilever and was FD to several of its UK subsidiaries in the fields of animal feeds, chemicals, and fast moving consumer goods. David then became its Financial Officer for the whole world other than Europe and North America, gaining experience in the Far East, Africa and South America. After leaving Unilever David had 3 years as Finance Director of Guinness Overseas before joining the Board of PPI PLC which was an extremely entrepreneurial top 50 FTSE company. After Polly Peck went into administration, David joined his wife’s small business selling textiles by mail order in aid of the British Equestrian Olympic Fund and other charities. The business then changed direction by developing its own brand of garments sourced from Vietnam, China, Bangladesh etc, and selling these to printers, embroiderers and school outfitters in the UK and Europe. Eventually Blue Max Banner expanded its customer base and product range by acquiring two other companies, and became UK’s No. 1 independent supplier to the schoolwear and sportswear markets under the name Blue Max Banner. David grew the business to sales in excess of £30m with excellent margins and profitability before selling it in 2015.