David is a experienced business advisor and coach. He graduated with a BComm degree from UCD, before joining KPMG where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
David has held a host of leadership roles in Irish business. In 1982, David founded the firm of Simpson Xavier, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers (now BDO), and the firm became the leading advisors to owner-managed, entrepreneurial businesses in Ireland, employing over 450 with offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Belfast. In 2000, David was elected as the youngest ever President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, where he also chaired the Institute’s Strategic Review Group and the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies in Ireland.
David retired from practice in 2001 and took up a number of non-executive directorships and consulting roles, advising large corporates and professional practices. David was appointed Chairman of solicitors Vincent & Beatty in 2002, where he served for 8 years and was appointed Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Aviva Group Ireland in 2007. David was Chairman of the Aviva Group in Ireland from 2008 to 2011. David also served on the Governing Body of the National College of Ireland, as well as on a number of private corporates.
David has a wealth of experience in leading businesses, advising growing companies and working closely with senior executives in indigenous and multi-national organisations. With his broad business experience and his passion for helping individuals and businesses achieve their potential, he acts as an empathetic and experienced counsel to many senior executives and managers.
Outside of business and family, David has a great interest in sport. He played senior Gaelic football and played soccer for the Irish Universities. He also captained the UCD soccer team. David is also a keen golfer.