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David Cooper

MSc CPsychol FCA

David has always been fascinated by the links between leadership behaviour and value creation and destruction. It was this interest which drove him to develop the Leadership Risk methodology.
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Since founding Cooper Limon in 2004, David has successfully brought the Leadership Risk perspective to hundreds of clients across a broad spectrum of sectors and geographies. Clients include major listed and privately owned businesses, global private equity firms, international professional services and financial service organisations as well as family offices. Clients value his pragmatism, professionalism and depth of insight.


As both a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Psychologist, David is able to look at organisations on a number of levels and his perspective spans different dimensions of business which are often separated by functional and organisational boundaries. He is a recognized pioneer in the area of leadership risk and he is an international speaker on the subject and media commentator. He is the author of ‘Leadership Risk: A guide for private equity and strategic investors’ and co-author of ‘Rational or Emotional? The real world of private equity’ and ‘Managing the people dimension of risk’.  


David spent the first 11 years of his career working in the Leeds and Zurich offices of Arthur Andersen. During that time, he built up a broad range of accounting and consulting experience and led a variety of engagements including transaction support, due diligence and risk management projects. He then completed a masters degree in psychology at The London School of Economics, where he conducted research into the behavioural aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He developed his expertise in leadership and organisational behaviour working for a number of leading business psychology firms and has also worked as an executive coach for London Business School and the Centre for Creative Leadership. In 2018 he received his doctorate at the Hochschule St Gallen for one of the first pieces of in depth behavioural research to look at the leadership dimension of private equity investments. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an EMCC accredited coach. 

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