David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He has a Coaching Certificate from Coaching Development in the UK and he has also completed a Professional Diploma in Financial Advice from the LIA in Ireland.
David qualified with EY before joining his own family’s business the Madden’s Entertainment Group in 1991, which he continues to manage today. This was a successful consumer electronics retail business with four shops which included a consumer finance company. David repositioned the business in 2007 when it was evident that consumer electronics retailing did not have a viable future on the high street. The business owned all of the freeholds from which the stores traded and David transitioned the business into a successful property management company.
David established his own consulting and mentoring practice in 2009. Since then he has mentored SME and Family Business clients across various sectors including Retail, Professional Services, Health & Fitness, Property Management and Food & Beverage. David knows and understands the dynamics of running a Family Business – it’s in his DNA. This mix of skills and experience sets David apart from others who work in the Family Business / SME space. He understands the various business issues with which owners have to grapple on a daily basis and he is very strong on the need for good governance. David has worked with his clients to improve their profitability and to optimise their business performance.
David chaired Radius the Consumer Electronics Buying Group in the UK from 2004 to 2006 which had a group turnover in excess of £300 million. He is also experienced in working in the charity and the not-for- profit sector.