David Samuel


David’s career began as a dispensing optician and contact lens fitter at Eyesite, one of the UK’s most progressive independent opticians. He soon became involved in the management of the business and whilst progressing through various management roles studied part-time for his Marketing Degree and then his MBA from Reading University.

On taking over as managing director, David decided to join his local Vistage group. He spent the next 15 years developing and growing the business, both organically and by acquisition, before successfully leveraging a management buy-out with three of his management team.

David recently co-founded a new venture, Storm, whose purpose is to “Empower Independent Success”, providing independent healthcare professionals with tools and support to run more successful businesses.

As well as being CEO of Storm and coaching and mentoring several business owners, David is now a Vistage chair himself. He is keen to pass on his knowledge as well as give others the support he enjoyed in his business career.

David’s Vistage group is perfectly suited for dynamic CEOs, MDs and business leaders from the West Berks and Hampshire area, who believe they can make a difference to people’s lives through their business.

David is married to Linda, has two grown up children and enjoys travel, skiing and theatre, as well as various sports including Golf, Badminton and 5-A-Side football.