David worked in banking for nearly 20 years before moving into the philanthropy sector. In that time he held senior positions at ANZ, including Chief Economist (New Zealand) and General Manager, Investor Relations. Notably, he spent 4 years as Managing Director of ANZ Trustees, which administers over 200 charitable trusts.
David sat on the Council of Philanthropy Australia for a decade, and is considered a leading authority on private ancillary funds. He has written three trustee handbooks for Philanthropy Australia, including the Private Ancillary Fund Handbook, and he conducts Philanthropy Australia’s Governance seminars, and lectures at Swinburne University as part of their Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy. David was also a Member of The International Panel on Code of Conduct for Endowed Foundations for the CFA Institute (2009-2010).
In 2008 David and his wife Jeanette established Te Anau Consulting, a professional consulting firm specialising in the not-for-profit sector, specifically in philanthropic structures, governance, and risk management.
David also sits on the boards of Sharegift Australia, a charity turning small parcels of shares into community donations, and Bug Blitz, an imaginative organisation that works to stimulate an active interest in biodiversity for children.