David McDonald


The success of a business relies on the strength of its people. David’s passion lies in making a difference; transforming the thinking and behaviour of business leaders and their teams, so that they create bigger and better changes of their own.

David has over 30 years of experience in technical leadership roles, leading businesses and projects with revenues ranging from £1m to £60m. Until April 2019, he was Managing Director of a Defence Communications company, delivering systems and solutions to armed forces around the world.

Having experienced Vistage first-hand as a member, David really understands the benefits of being part of a confidential peer advisory group. The world class speakers and personal coaching are excellent; however, it was the access to a team of highly experienced and like-minded senior business leaders that really made a difference to David’s life – both professionally and personally.

David’s coaching and facilitation style is akin to how he used to lead his rugby team as captain – workmanlike yet fun. He is focused on building strong relationships with clients such that they see him as a facilitator, thinking partner and critical friend. David will challenge and hold clients to account. He will listen and be curious, nurture and develop.

David is married with two grown up daughters and is passionate about rugby, having recently taken up a role as the President of Christchurch RFC. His wife has recently retired after many years in the NHS and together they have just been approved as respite foster carers.