David has an Honours degree in Geophysics from Exeter University. He started his career in the oil exploration business in the jungles of Papua New Guinea where he worked for almost three years. Since then he has spent the past 25 years in the world of financial markets.
eXcellence Awards Panel of Judges
Harry Pearce, Pentagram partner, part-time optimist, photographer of schisms, human rights activist, dream diary keeper, graphic designer, accidentalist.
Hugues Gillibert is the founder of Fitz Partners.
Mark Stevenson is an entrepreneur, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation.
“Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.” – Chris Anderson, TED Curator
Sir Tim Berners Lee and Sir Jonathan Ive were two of the top 20 digital influencers listed in the BIMA Hall of Fame in 2012 but tucked away in between them was Phil Jones.
Philip Amadeus started his flying career in the British Army, flying in Germany, arctic Norway and Northern Ireland. He joined Dan Air and flew Boeing 737’s for five years until its demise. He then returned to helicopters, spending two years flying in the mountains of Ethiopia.
Quentin is a rare breed of luxury expert, one with real insight and experience of both luxury global brands and niche boutique brands.
Tom Merchant has enjoyed a wide ranging international career including property, finance and management. Following a first degree from the University of Cape Town, his career got under way in engineering design and construction in South Africa, the UK and the Gulf.