David is skilled in crisis handling and reputation management, having joined Charlotte Street Partners in 2015 after seven years spent in the financial services sector.
He joined RBS in 2007 on the eve of the banking sector’s most turbulent period and was part of the communications team tasked with rebuilding the bank’s reputation following government bailouts in 2008 and 2009.
In late 2013, David had become head of communications for the spin-off challenger bank, Williams & Glyn, taking responsibility for the fledgling bank’s corporate affairs strategy before the proposed IPO and sale processes were ultimately shelved.
During his time at RBS, David gained significant experience, most notably in media relations and financial reporting, but also in crisis management, sponsorship, and events. He handled external communications for several major M&A deals and corporate restructurings, and led media relations for the bank’s non-core division, which disposed of more than £200bn in assets in five years.
David began his career at Beattie Media in 2000, after graduating from the University of Stirling with a degree in psychology and film and media studies. He spent seven years at Beattie, working with major corporate and consumer brands, including a two-year secondment in the press office at the economic development agency Scottish Enterprise.