David was a member (and Vice Chair) of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank NV in The Netherlands from 2009-2017 and a Non-Executive Director of Big Society Capital in the UK from when it was first set up in 2012 until 2017. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Impact Investing Institute. He was a member of the UK’s Social Investment Task Force from 2000-2010 and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets 2006-2009.
David also works as an adviser and consultant on the development of social impact investing, the governance, income generation and strategy development of charities and social purpose organisations, and the promotion of personal philanthropy.
He was involved in the early development of EVPA from 2004, among other things chairing and/or speaking at the annual conferences 2005-2010. He has also spoken at venture philanthropy and social investment conferences and seminars in Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Canada and the USA as well as throughout the UK and mainland Europe.
He has been Chief Executive of three foundations in the UK, including The Baring Foundation, and a Board member of several other funders. He was a founder Director and Chair of the company that publishes the journal Alliance (for philanthropy and social investment worldwide) and was founding chair of the Inspiring Impact collaboration of UK voluntary sector organisations. He was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Effective Philanthropy in the USA until 2018.
He is a Trustee of The Finance Innovation Lab, Gulan and SOFII, and a former Trustee of several other charities including Bridges Charitable Trust, the National Foundation for Youth Music, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Engage (the association of people working in gallery education).