Originally from Melbourne, David has had an international career in Australia, Japan and the US, having worked in the Japanese finance industry for more than 30 years. Fluent in Japanese, he is currently a director of the Asian Finance Group, which specializes in research on Asia and translation of business, finance documents and policy papers. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and the immediate past president of the Yarralumla Residents Association and former committee member of the Inner South Canberra Community Council. International board level experience includes President of the Kaisha Society (an association for foreigners working at Japanese companies) in Japan and Trustee on the Board of the Evergreen School, near Seattle, US.
David also has a long history of musical endeavours. He has an A.Mus.A (Piano), is a graduate of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and was co-founder of Spellbound Theatre Productions, a musical theatre company active in Melbourne during the 1980s and early 1990s, during which time he also served on the committee of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Japanese Studies (language and music). His favourite composers include Beethoven and Sondheim.
David hopes to merge his financial background with his musical interests and concern for local community through this role.