About David

As a lifelong learner, David is passionate about connecting with others and supporting their development journey.

David is an experienced leadership coach who speaks the language of business. His transformational coaching helps leaders and managers thrive in a complex and uncertain world by understanding and growing their most important leadership asset: themselves. He balances challenge and support by listening deeply and questioning with humility. His way of being both reminds the group of their larger purpose and invites individuals to meet him in the exploration in a way that is real, authentic and vulnerable.

Climate Change

David is also passionate about climate change. Our world is in crisis and yet real action to effect real change is slow.  However compelling the science behind climate change, human behaviour needs to change if we are to have a future on this planet.  Climate leadership needs to be for everyone.  

As an executive leadership coach David can help individuals, both in business and politics, to take action that counts.


Having originally started out his career with KPMG, David has been involved with program/project management at a senior level for a variety of organisations across a range of sectors (both in NZ and overseas) including infrastructure capital projects, telecommunications; railway construction, civil construction, heavy engineering, manufacturing, business development, broadcasting, and not-for-profit service delivery. Having lived and worked in the UK, Spain, Brazil, Chile, and Australia gives him first hand understanding of the intricacies of working with different cultures. David has worked globally with KPMG, London Underground, Balfour Beatty and Downer.

Recent coaching clients include: IAG, Canterbury District Health Board, Pegasus Health, Lyttelton Port Company, Airways, Cavell Leitch, Thrifty, Lumino, Kathmandu, QUT & Global Women.

Coaching clients include: IFMA, IAG, Bank of New Zealand, PWC, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, ACC, Ministry of Education, Department of Conservation, NZ Police, LINZ, Manaaki Whenua | Landcare Research, Lumley Insurance, Milford Asset Management, 2Degrees, Spark, Kathmandu, Countdown, Airways New Zealand, Aurecon Group, Jacobs, Pacific Basin Shipping, Thrifty Car Rental, Lumino, Les Mills, Navico Group, Canterbury District Health Board, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Victoria Department of Health & Human Services, Pegasus Health, Paralympics New Zealand, Queensland University of Technology, Christchurch City Council, Whanganui District Council, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch City Mission, Workplace Support, Environment Canterbury, Waimakariri District Council, ARA Institute of Technology, Global Women, Lyttelton Port Company, New Zealand Broadcasting School, Cavell Leitch.

Specialising in evidence-based, solution-focused practice, he draws on a variety of coaching theories and models to apply scientific rigour to what makes people thrive and excel. Cognitive behavioural coaching, adult development theory, complex adaptive leadership and self determination theory are the main theories underpinning David’s coaching. 

David believes an effective coach balances challenge and support to enable people to learn to think, engage and act differently. His coaching style emphasises process with the aim of creating tangible outcomes; of facilitating improvement in an individual’s performance in areas of leadership, communications, interpersonal, and cognitive skills that when to linked to business goals also make a positive strategic impact on an organisation’s performance.

David is certified in the use of The Leadership Circle 360 Profile, is an accredited Strengths Profile practitioner, trained ACT behavioural change coach, and is a Growth Edge Coaching and Leadership Maturity Framework practitioner.. He is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and was on the board of the ICF Australasia Chapter from 2013 to 2017, serving as Chapter President in 2016-17.