David is an experienced Chartered Accountant who joined First Gas Limited as Chief Financial Officer in May 2016. David was engaged by Colonial First State, from February 2016, as part of the transitional team that assisted with closing the Vector Gas acquisition that created First Gas.
Prior to joining First Gas he held a number of Executive roles within WEL Networks, based in Hamilton. The Executive roles include Chief Financial Officer, General Manager Corporate Services and culminated in Acting Chief Executive from January to September 2014.
As a member of the WEL Management team, David was involved in the significant strategic changes that resulted in the electricity lines business expanding into a wider infrastructure company through winning the right to lead the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative throughout Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawera and Wanganui. WEL were also among the leaders in the Smart Meter rollout strategy and were partners in the successful construction of the Te Uku wind farm near Raglan.
Prior to his time as WEL he was based in Auckland for 11 years as Financial Controller with Watercare Services Limited. During his time at Watercare he was involved in all financial and treasury aspects for the business including several significant capital expenditure projects. Before working at Watercare David held a number of senior finance roles within the Fletcher Challenge Forest group of companies.
David attained his Bachelor of Management Studies at University of Waikato majoring in Accounting. He has been a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand for 30 years. In 2015 he completed the INSEAD Business School Advanced Management Programme at their Singapore Campus, which provided a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating time to step away from day to day business, reflect on previous successes and to plan the next steps.