Individual Members

David G Best

An experienced Board director/chair of both publicly-quoted and privately-owned companies with a professional background in finance and accounting. The past thirty years’ experience includes a specific focus on strategy setting, mergers and acquisitions, IPO’s/other business financings, management buyouts, start-ups, international corporate finance and corporate governance in both the UK and USA. SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS • Led the development and implementation of corporate strategy, including international expansions, for several public and private companies, principally in the IT, engineering and professional services sectors • Extensive experience of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and management buyouts, including related financings, in the UK, USA and India (IIS Infotech Ltd) – businesses with revenues ranging from £15 million to £1 billion. Responsible for the successful integration of acquired entities • Successfully led businesses, in the capacity as both executive and non-executive director, through periods of high revenue and earnings growth and managed the process of constant business change required to deliver sustained performance. Also, have experience of businesses in recession, including a shareholders’ solvent liquidation of a private company • Strong experience of corporate governance issues, particularly in the UK, including responsibility as chair of seven audit committees and membership of five remuneration committees. Chaired the board of two LSE quoted companies and a venture capital-backed computer software services company • Responsible as Group Finance Director for the successful 1996 IPO of a UK FTSE 250 listed company in the computer software services industry. Closely involved as a Board director in two other IPO’s – one successful, one deferred

CURRENT ROLES • Chair of the Dame Hilary Cropper Charitable Foundation • Chair of the Pinotage Youth Development Academy (based in South Africa)