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.
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.
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 has extensive experience in the provision of leadership assessment and development services to senior executive populations, working both with individuals and teams. He applies his approach in a number of contexts including succession planning, management due diligence and advising on the identification and mitigation of leadership risks in specific business scenarios. Clients value his pragmatism, professionalism and depth of insight.
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. David is the author of ‘Leadership Risk: A guide for private equity and strategic investors’ (Wiley 2010) and co-author of ‘Managing the people dimension of risk’ (Corporate Research Forum 2010).
In his work at Cooper Limon, David is supported by a select community of associates whose expertise and experience span fields such as risk management, human resources and business psychology.