Sources of Inspiration

The business experience

David worked in sales and marketing for BT.

As a National Account Manager his clients include Hewlett Packard & Sainsburys.  He was a member of BT Masters Club for top sales

As Head of Sector Marketing for Retail & Leisure David led a team responsible for growing a £700m market.

As Head of Competitor Analysis he briefed the BT Boards and MDs on Competitor Activity.

He managed the design and delivery of Marketing Training to 200 marketers in BT  Business and 600 Marketers in BT Retail

As Head of E'Business Propositions he led a team developing new internet based offers for business users

The colleagues

Since 2008 David has worked with First Ascent

The culture of First Ascent reflects its original strapline - Training that ignites ambition and inspires confidence.

As part of the team he developed training that met The Institute of Leadership & Management criteria for a level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership.

Four years ago the directors of First Ascent bought the UK franchise for Emergenetics, a new psychometric tool based on neuroscience.

Part of the fun of working in First Ascent is that associates are encouraged to research latest thinking and bring the results into the training room.

Turnover has increased 400% in 8 years

The Research

David takes his inspiration in business and personal development from many different teachers and authors.  Recently these include:

Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

Quiet by Susan Cain

The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters

Your Brain at Work by David Rock

Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardiner

Great by Choice by Jim Collins

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

The Customer is Bothering Me by Shelle Rose Charvet

The Teams

I have enjoyed leading, and being part of, many teams over the last 40 years.  I always go for the new and interesting and I have been indulged by many people who have shared the journey with me. Thank you to past, present and future team members

The Family

My wife Susan is my greatest inspiration. Together we have run personal development workshops, vision quests and meditation groups for 32 years.  Susan has a passion and a depth of wisdom that inspires all of our groups.

Our website is

My children and grandchildren have given me joy and a rich source of examples of behaviour in action.

The Teachers

NLP - Michael Breen

Diploma in Business Studies - Open University

Native Philosophy - Alberto Villoldo

Nature Awareness - Tom Brown Jr & Jon Young