Key Strengths and Career Highlights


  • 30 years of senior executive experience in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors including a number of business turnarounds, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions
  • Extensive track record of building and leading high-performance teams
  • An international perspective from living and working in Asia, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

Business transformation

  • Proven ability to turn strategic analysis into a powerful strategic vision and action plans
  • A critical thinker who drives innovation and new revenue opportunities
  • Implemented successful change across a range of industries leading to improved results
  • Strong communication and influencing skills to drive company culture and performance

Sector engagement and collaboration

  • Leadership of industry sector groups and professional associations
  • An effective manager of stakeholder and client relationships at the highest levels
  • Led major business development programmes including sector development strategies
  • Strong strategic planning, human resource, financial and influencing skills

Executive roles

  • Executive Director, COO, CFO, ¬†Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Chief Executive Officer, Learning Media
  • Managing Director/Owner, David Forman Business Training
  • Group Managing Director, McCann Erickson New Zealand
  • Chief Executive Officer, McCann Erickson Indonesia
  • Director of Marketing Communications, McCann Erickson Sydney
  • Creative Director, McCann Direct London
  • Creative Director, The Promotion Team, London

Governance roles


  • Chair, Synapsys
  • Chair, Trust Horizon
  • Director, Biozone
  • Director, Eastbay REAP
  • Trustee, Toi Economic Development Agency
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Brightstar


  • Chair, Edge Learning Systems
  • Councillor, NZ Education Technology Association
  • Councillor, Volunteer Service Abroad
  • Director, The Mind Lab
  • Chair/Co-founder, Banqer
  • Chair, First Boards
  • Committee Member, Institute of Directors Wellington Branch
  • Director, Top Dog Recruitment
  • Managing Director, David Forman
  • Trustee, NZ Book Month
  • Councillor, Publishers Association of New Zealand
  • Director, U.S. Association of Educational Publishers
  • Trustee, Teach First New Zealand
  • Director & Chair of Audit and Risk, NZ Council for Educational Research
  • Director, Diving New Zealand
  • Board member, Human Resources Institute of NZ, Auckland Branch
  • Board member, NZ Association of Training & Development, Auckland Branch
  • President, Sales & Marketing Institute of NZ
  • Director, Communications Agencies Association of NZ
  • Managing Director, McCann Erickson NZ
  • Managing Director, Sales Communications International
  • Director, McCann Direct UK
  • Director, The Promotion Team