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David Smith - CEO - GFF


David A. Smith

Chief Executive
Global Futures and Foresight

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David A. Smith

Chief Executive
Global Futures and Foresight
Keynote Speaker - Chair - Strategist - Author
David challenges, informs and engages his clients and audiences on the key issues of the near future, in order to stimulate ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking to help organizations generate new visions, strategies, products and services.
A futurologist, and Chief Executive of Global Futures and Foresight (GFF) - a strategic futures research organization, David’s 35-year diverse IT, marketing and business career has made him recognisable as one of the world's leading futurists and strategic thinkers. GFF prepares views of the future on many topics to help organisations be better prepared to face the future and reduce their risk of being blindsided by change.
Since founding GFF, David has worked with many of the world’s largest organisations, and government bodies as well as academic institutions and industry associations. His insights have led many organizations to embrace change and prepare innovative strategies to renew themselves and generate new growth.
David does this through using the research capabilities of the GFF, through his insightful and inspiring speeches and through chairing and moderating meetings and conferences.
In his career he has held technological and  senior management positions in both large and small organizations. He has been involved in public sector, commercial and financial markets and has held technical, sales, marketing and general management positions in companies such as the UK based DRG group and The US Unisys corporation. Whilst at Unisys he held the position of Strategic Marketing Director for their $2bn global financial services business.
He has advised the UK and EU governments on strategic research investment decisions.
His clients number some of largest and most prestigious firms around the world and David is a regular international keynote speaker and writer and a passionate believer that we are not victims of what the future might hold if we prepare ourselves in advance.
David is a week-end sailor and photographer.
Clients include:
  • NATO
  • European Commission
  • BBC
  • GoodYear
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Roche
  • Heinz
  • Philips
  • PwC
  • Ernst & Young
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • Experian
  • Siemens
  • Microsoft
  • SAP
  • CSC
  • Cisco
  • Unisys
  • Reed Exhibitions
  • Capita Symonds/NB Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Royal Mail
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds TSB
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Lloyd's
  • RSA
  • More Th>n
  • e-sure
  • Allianz
  • Travelers
  • RBS Insurance
  • QBE
  • Acord
  • The Henley Business School,
He has spoken on UK BBC, Serbian, Middle East TV, UK, German, Australian and South African radio and appeared on the UK ITN News channel discussing topical futures issues. His experience has shown him the powerful impact that glimpses of the future afford business and government alike as they seek to achieve their strategic goals.
 Addressed over 450 conferences and events in 42 countries on 5 continents.
 Topics including:
  • Beyond 'Digital' and how automation changes everything.
  • Innovation and the drivers of change.
  • Work Automation and the impact of technology.
  • Technology drives change. Understand the impact – early.
  • Artificial Intelligence changes what we do, not just how we do it.
  • The Internet of Everything will change our lives.
  • Financial services and its future
  • Mixed Reality will explode the need for presence.
  • Insurance - Changing for the digital age.
  • Engaging with IT and IT leadership as a critical business issue
  • Marketing and its changing role and value.
  • Healthcare and living longer lives
  • Changing employees – What they want and how to keep them.
  • The Rise of the Networked Company – the new form of agile organization.
  • The Changing Corporation – Social responsibility, world stewardship & talent scout.
  • The Retail Revolution
  • Communicating with your stakeholders – new technologies and approaches.
  • The externalization of companies – After outsourcing.
Sectors including:
  • Insurance
  • Financial Services, retail, commercial, capital markets and derivitives…
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Media - new media and social media
  • Marketing and how its being transformed
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Estate Agency & Real Estate
  • Education and Learning
  • Work and working
  • Health and wellness
  • Telecommunications
  • Retail
David uses views of the future developed within Global Futures and Foresight by their in-house research team and by surveying their worldwide network of over 9,000 future thinkers and business leaders.
His purpose is to inspire his audience to embrace change and by so doing better prepare for the future.

GFF recent reports and White Papers include:
  • 2017 - 'Life and health insurance in the world we inhabit' - Sponsored by Keylane.
  • 2017 - 'Changing Insurance for the Digital Age' - Sponsored by Majesco.
  • 2017 - 'Innovation in Innovation'. Sponsored by the Financial Services Forum.
  • 2017 - 'What's Next in Marketing'. Sponsored by the Financial Services Forum
  • 2017 - 'What's Hot in Technology 2017'.
  • 2016 - 'The Future of Travel and Tourism'. With the Institute of Travel and Tourism.
  • 2016 - 'A Future That Works'. The future of work. Sponsored by BrightHR.
  • 2016 - 'What's Hot in Technology 2016' - Sponsored by Advanced365.
  • 2015 - 'Challenge to Change - People and Insurance', Sponsored by Equinix and Acord.
  • 2015 - 'Future of Data Security in Financial Services' Sponsored by Advanced 365.
  • 2015 - 'The Future of Events', Sponsored by Nteractive Consulting.
  • 2015 - 'What's Hot in Technology 2015' - Sponsored by Advanced365.
  • 2015 - 'Future of Life and Pensions' - Sponsored by Aquila Heywood.
  • 2015 - 'Advanced Health and Care' - Technology driven health & care.
  • 2014 - 'The Board and the CIO' - The responsibility of the board to be tech savvy.
  • 2014 - 'The CIO as Manager, Leader and Entrepreneur'. The CIO - fit for the future.
  • 2014 - 'The Future of Real Estate'. A White Paper prepared for CBRE.
  • 2014 - 'Islamic Banking in the Middle East', a White Paper for Experian.
  • 2014 - 'Challenge to Change' The Future of Insurance - a three White Paper series looking at global issues, technology and industry drivers of change and consequences. For Acord/Equinix.
  • 2013 - 'Future Of' series including, the future of: Work, Workers Health and Wellness, Jobs, Technology, Social Media, Apps and the Web, Networks, Business Models, Communities, Homes, Families, Education, Tourism, Travel. White Papers for the Institute of Directors (IoD).
  • 'Beyond Efficiency' - EU Public Administration Transformation. Steria.
  • 'The Future' report - Drivers of change and impacts for business.
  • 'Customer Strategy' - The Future of Automotive, Services, Financial Services, Utilities, Government, Transport, Retail, Tourism, Telecoms.
  • 'The Future of Travel and Tourism in the Middle East', Dubai launch.
  • 'China Report': Views of business' in 62 countries on business in China.
Global Futures and Foresight (GFF)
GFF develops views of the future to help its clients embrace change with more certainty, thereby releasing the full power of their creativity and innovation and to reduce their risk of being blindsided by change and be better enabled to adapt to the fast-changing world. It does this through collaborative projects and through undertaking its own research, gathering thought leaders’ views of the future and forming composite ideas of what our future could look like by applying its knowledge and skills.
David Smith                                    e-mail:                         david.smith@thegff.com
Chief Executive                              web:                            www.thegff.com

  Global Futures and Foresight Ltd. Tel:                               +44 (0) 1372 210941 / +44 (0)7932 408901
  1, Oxdowne Close                          Linkedin:                       http://www.linkedin.com/in/dasmith
  Cobham, Surrey                             Skype:                          davidinoxshott
  United Kingdom, KT11 2SZ           Twitter:                          davidsmithgff
                                                            YouTube Channel:        gfftv
David Smith
Recent Testimonials include:
"David is one of the world's leading authorities on a wide variety of global trends. He leads a powerful research team and is a fascinating speaker. He has helped some of the largest multinationals to identify and respond to significant trends and is much sought after for his advice."
Patrick Dixon, Chairman, Global Change
Financial Services Forum, London, UK
David Smith presented at The Forum yesterday on: Technology Will Disrupt and Change The Shape of General Insurance, he is a tremendous speaker and full to the brim with ideas about how the future will be transformational. Afterwards he showed me the formidable report he was commissioned to write by Steria, called simply ‘The Future’.
Andrew Porter, Vice Chairman, The Financial Services Forum
Jobs Summit, RSA, London
I wanted to send you a short email to say thanks very much for participating at the Jobs Summit.  It was commented upon that your contribution was particularly interesting so I am really grateful that you took the time to join us. Thanks again and best wishes.
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA (Royal Society of Arts)
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Just to thank you for your contribution for these 2 days – you have been instrumental in ensuring that both workshop and reporting at plenary goes well, under quite stressful conditions I realize. Looking forward to have another opportunity working with you again.
Pierre Chastanet, European Commission , Directorate General Information Society and Media
Home Sales Network Conference, London, UK
Your talk was superb. Hope to keep in touch.
Robert Peston, Business Editor, The BBC
Long Term Care Insurance Conference, Las Vegas, USA
What a delight for me to have the opportunity to share time with you and enjoy your wit and humor.  You added immeasurably to our conference.  The LTC conference is a small one and almost family since that community is so small (600) and regulated and grown up together. I wanted to provide you with the feedback we received – thought you would be interested. The results for your address from the mobile app have been appreciative. Here’s a quote “Good use of humor. Lots of interesting stats, used to great effect to make us think.”  Another reads “Excellent program”. 
Kathy Hamby, CLU, LTCP, CLTC, MHP, Genworth Financial
Group Compliance Leader, Long Term Care Insurance
BrightWave, Annual Client Conference, London, UK
Thank you on behalf of Charles and the Brightwave team for your contribution at our event yesterday.
The pace and content was exactly what we had hoped for in the keynote, and there was plenty of buzz going into the afternoon about some of the themes and facts.  It was great to work with you again and hope to stay in touch in the future.
Laura Ward , Head of Marketing, BrightWave

NATO and Lloyd's of London, London, UK
Thank you so much for joining us to take part in our Risk Management Conference at Lloyd's today. We were very pleased with the result and your contribution was particularly valuable in producing what was really a very successful event. We are all most grateful for your help.
Lord Levene of Portsoken KBE, Chairman, Lloyd's
ACORD Forum Asia, Singapore
You were great to work with and you did a wonderful job as Chairperson of our event!
August Malou, Director, Event Programs, ACORD
Goodyear Dealer Annual conference, London
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for presenting at our conference last week. Our dealers thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and it certainly provided some food for thought across our evening event.  Thanks once again and I look forward to working with you again.
Kate Rock-Rees, PR & Corporate Communications Manager UK&I
Linpac Seminars, Fresh Ideas, Warsaw, Madrid, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Paris
It has been an absolute pleasure working with you. I’m absolutely thrilled with how the Fresh! Seminars have been received and your contribution has been a massive part of that – really changing perceptions and providing excellent context for us presenting ourselves in a more dynamic way so I thank you for your support.
Joanna Stephenson, Vice President Marketing, LInpac Packaging
FINEOS Annual Client Conference, Dublin, Eire
David Smith is an excellent speaker and the provided the perfect keynote for our annual user conference – not once, but twice! David’s style is very engaging and he leaves the audience buzzing with a fascinating glimpse at the future. Beyond that, he leaves them with practical things that they can do today to ready themselves for the many (and a bit overwhelming) changes coming our way.
David is fantastic to work with and really tailored his message to ensure that it was in line with our theme. He proactively produced a white paper on a similar topic to the presentation prior to the event. We used this before the event to help in weaving some of the keynote messaging into our own presentations for cohesiveness, and we are now using it after the event as a further lead generation tool.
David is the consummate professional, and I couldn’t recommend him any more highly as a speaker. This most recent conference was the eighth one we have run, and David is the only keynote that we have re-run. The choice was very easy for us – our audience simply loved him.
Alison Murphy, Marketing Program Manager, FINEOS, Boston, USA
AB InBev Marketing Summit, London, UK
A massive thank you from myself and the team at AB InBev! A real eye-opener; thought-provoking and engaging presentation!  It should prompt some change about how we interact with our insights team, and how we future plan, so that can only be a good thing.
Ally Atha, Brand Manager - Stella Artois, AB InBev UK Limited
Midlands Leadership Group, UK
Thanks, David, you did a great job as always.
Jay Hale, Leader, Midlands Leadership Group Limited 
John Lewis Plc
Thank you so much for a truly wonderful session with us yesterday evening. It was insightful, though provoking, energising and truly excellent!  So many of the delegates have communicated just how much they enjoyed your session!  It was lovely to meet you and to be a part of your excellent session! 
Sarah Bonner, Senior Manager, Space Planning
Jordans Ryvita Management Conference, Cambourne, UK
Many thanks for your contribution to the success of our workshop today – you gave us really great inspiration.  Claire and I are very keen to follow up on slightly different topics so we will be looking to catch up soon. 
Carol Welch, Marketing and R&D Director, Jordans & Ryvita

Smart Cities , Birmingham, UK
Many thanks for speaking at our Smart City event and participation in the panel session.
Your presentation was excellent and went down very well, so really good to have your involvement here.
Nicola Bryant, Business Development Manager, Digital Birmingham, Birmingham City Council
Warwick Business School - MBA programme
Great presentation and discussion around "The Reset World" which has given me much food for thought.
Ian Swann
Trend+ Consumers Trends (Speaker & Chair), London, UK
It was great to meet you and thank you for being such an excellent Chair yesterday at the trends conference. I think your work is very interesting and really enjoyed the way you presented.
Karen Fraser, Director, CREDOS
Marketing Society Annual Conference, UK
I just wanted to add my personal thanks for your outstanding contribution to our Annual Conference last week. Your presentation was one of the highlights of a fascinating day, and left me feeling generally optimistic about the future for marketers and marketing.
Hugh Burkitt, The Marketing Society
Insurance Technology Congress, London
David, highly impressed by your Social Media presentation at ITC. Still rare to find people who genuinely know what they're talking about in the sphere. I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
Gary Nuttall MBCS CITP
Microsoft Imagine Summit, UK
I was over at your offices this morning. The last guy – David Smith – was fantastic!!  I don’t know if you guys are doing a TED style thing and uploading/distributing the talks to a platform. If you are, I'd love a link to his.
Daniel Daynes , Mindshare Worldwide
KingstonSmithW1 -  'Mashed-Up Business' Seminar by David Smith
It was simply the best seminar I've attended. David was a fantastic host and I came away motivated to share the knowledge gained with my agency. Just excellent - if you are of a mind to have David back, I'd be happy to take a couple of places.”
Andy at Bostock and Pollitt
BBC, Salford Quay, Manchester
Thank you for this and all your time on Thursday, the feedback is very positive.  Please let's keep in touch and see how we can continue to work together.
Simon Lloyd, Director of Media Engagement and North, BBC Marketing & Audiences
C-Store Forum, Faro, Portugal
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your presentation last week. You presented at The ACS conference last year and your content then made a real impact on how I did business with clients. I am sure that this latest presentation will do the same !
Stephanie Rice, Rice Retail Marketing
Medi360, Manchester, UK
Hugely enjoyed your session and I think we've had more requests for its summary than all the others ... there is something about looking at a business from a new angle that gets people very excited!
Caroline Marshall, Executive Editor, Haymarket Brand Media
Infineum Senior Executives Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
Thanks David. Your information was well received.  Positive feedback from the group and leadership. Hopefully, everyone has a new mindset as we move forward.  It was a pleasure meeting and working with you and hopefully we will cross paths again.
Steve Winston , Business Manager , Infineum USA L.P.
PwC client breakfast, UK
I just wanted to drop a line to say how much I enjoyed your sessions on Tuesday. We have had some great feedback from clients who clearly found what you had to say stimulating.
Chris Maw PwC, Partner
HSBC client lunch, UK
Thank you for today, feedback fantastic, agreed 1st meetings with 3 target businesses.
Kevin B Thorn, Area Commercial Director, Norfolk and Waveney, HSBC Bank PLC UK
World Halal Forum, Kuala lumpur, Malaysia
The WHF opened with an eye-opening presentation from renowned futurist, David Smith, the CEO of Global Futures and Foresight in the UK. His take on “The Major Market Trends of the Coming Decade” was one of the clear highlights of the WHF. David's wide-ranging and far-sighted vision of how the world is changing was impressive, and it gave a new and graphic context for the developments in the Halal marketplace, and confirmed for the audience that there are exciting, if challenging, times ahead for this industry.
KasehDia Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Engineering Sustainability - Systems Approach, City University, London, UK
The feedback that we received from the audience both during and after the event was highly complementary and much of that goes to your experience, empathy and quality contribution.
Professor Ali Hessami
CIOnet, London, UK
I wanted to say listening to you is absolutely an eye opener every time. Thank you for providing another thought  expanding presentation- - I could see CIOs desperately scribbling away all around and I kept thinking about all those accounts that seem to be oblivious of this New World ahead.
Chris Green, CIOnet
Valtra 60th Year Celebration conference, Finland
Thank you very much for your valuable input at the Valtra event. The initial feedback has been applauding. I would like to thank you for your very interesting presentation. We have got a lot of positive feedback from our guests. 
Hannele Kinnunen, Communications Manager, Valtra Inc.
Philips Lighting R&D & Global Marketing Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands
I have really got very good feedback! It was very informative, eye-opening talk!
Melike, Product Design, Philips Lighting, LightLabs
IPA - Advertising Industry Conference, London, UK
Many thanks for your wonderful presentation at the IPA conference today.
You kindly offered to forward copies of your presentation and I’d love to take you up on that. There was so much great data and my old brain could not take it all in at once!
Jeremy Shaw, Chair, Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw

Chartered Institute of Marketing Dinner, Brighton, UK
I thought you were terrific.
Rosie Phipps Dip Pharm (S.A.), DipM, MCIM, DMS, FRSA, Chartered Marketer
Principal, Oxford College of Marketing
International Insurance Society annual conference, Madrid, Spain
Thank you very much for participating as a speaker at the recently concluded International Insurance Society seminar in Madrid.  The feed-back from our attendees has been overwhelmingly positive and I thank you profoundly for your contribution to the event’s success.  Your presentation was excellent and thought provoking – I am most grateful as it is the excellence of our speakers that make the IIS meetings unique.
Michael J. Morrissey, President and Chief Executive Officer, The International Insurance Society
Unisys Conference, St. Paul de Vence, France
You provided an excellent analysis of the global business, economic and social environment identifying a number of key considerations that businesses need to recognize and respond to.  Based on up to date research and data it set the context for the remainder of the conference.
Bob Hawkins, Marketing Director Unisys
DEFRA Suppliers Conference, London
Your presentation was very thought provoking and a number of people were discussing it at the wine reception later on.  We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and the challenging yet persuasive messages you delivered and offer you our sincere thanks for the time you put into our conference.
Meenu Westhead, DEFRA
Chamber of Commerce, Guernsey, Channel Islands
We had our first scenario planning project on the Friday after your presentation, so the timing was excellent – I know my Minister wants to refer to some of the ideas in your slides in a presentation for later this week! Once again, many thanks for a really interesting presentation and hope you enjoyed your visit to Guernsey
Jon Buckland, Chief Officer, Commerce & Employment, States of Guernsey Government
CSC Financial Services Conference, Tokyo, Japan
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation on behalf of CSC for your excellent presentation and participation in our conference last week.
Prakash Thomas, Regional Director-Sales & Marketing, Financial Services Group-Asia
Developing Gloucestershire Conference. Cheltenham, UK
Many thanks for speaking at the Growing Gloucestershire Conference 2008, it is fantastic to be able to offer Gloucestershire professionals the opportunity to hear such a thought provoking presentation.
As I am sure you noticed there was a great atmosphere on the day and we have had plenty of positive feedback...
Penny Richards-Good, Marketing & Operations Manager
Centre for Enterprise & Innovation, University of Gloucestershire
Nick Peters, Owner, Business First magazine
“In a world where we are bombarded with myriad opinions, conflicting predictions and a glut of data, David Smith helps us see the future with piercing clarity. In business this is invaluable - listen to David and you will be on the next bandwagon - and exploiting it - before your competition even know it exists.”
Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
We were delighted to meet and talk with you on Tuesday and you've definitely provided food for thought amongst the team. There is a great buzz in here about the Awards (I just need to steer people away from the robot idea; it seems to have caught the imagination hugely!). So again, thank you for an insightful and interesting talk.
Lorraine Griffin, Bank of Ireland
Building Society Association, Annual Conference, Manchester
Many thanks for your excellent presentation which feedback suggests the audience really enjoyed.
Adrian Coles, Director-General, The Building Societies Association
Sustainability Conference, Prague
Thank you very much for your presentation which certainly helped to make it a most successful couple of days. The appraisal forms retrieved indicate that the delegates were very satisfied and found the conference most worthwhile. Once again, we very much appreciate the time and effort you put into producing and presenting your material and hope we may seek your help on a future occasion.
Jenny Fehrenbach, Event Manager, SustainPack
Financial Services Forum - London
Thank you for presenting to our general insurance group today. You gave us a breathtaking review of everything that is changing in our world.
Andrew Porter, Managing Director, The Financial Services Forum
Henley Management College – British Dental Association
I received very positive feedback this morning on your behalf as the participants enjoyed your presentation.
Kim Harris, Henley Management College
I had a number of people today saying how much they enjoyed your session so thanks very much.
Rebecca Chandler-Wilde, Director of Studies, Consortium Programmes
Distribution and Emerging Technology Conferences, LOMA, Tampa, USA
Delegate comments:
  • Wow! Great start for the conference.  Lots to think about.
  • Great presentation, very thought provoking
  • Extremely insightful and eye opening glimpse of the future
  • Extremely relevant
  • Easily could’ve provided 2 hrs of valuable content. Very good presentation skills
  • Very informative, challenging presentation.  Enjoyed him in Dallas and pleased with this year
  • The type of presentation that makes these conferences wonderful
  • Very informative- thought provoking
  • So lively and easy to listen to. Information that can be beneficial for everyone in the future
Ann M. Purr, FLMI, CSP, PCS,  AFSI, Second Vice President, Information Management, LOMA
Institute of Directors - Chairmen’s Conference, London, UK
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your presentation at the IoD Chairman’s meeting on Friday...  I am sure that you could have taken the whole afternoon session and perhaps you should have done.  Fantastic, entertaining and thought provoking in equal measure, excellent……
Nick Bramley, Chairman, Institute of Directors, North Yorkshire Branch
Cisco Advanced Services Kick-off - Berlin - Germany
First of all I'd like to thank you for presenting at the Cisco AS Kick-Off.  Once the evaluations have been collected I will share the feedback with you but I can already tell you from the comments I received that people felt you were a very engaged speaker. The start was excellent and you've captured the audience's attendance...   I'm convinced many participants will go home with ideas. You gave them food for thought no doubt!
Marina Van den Bossche, Executive Communication Manager, Advanced Services, Cisco
Institute of Directors Breakfast Meeting
“The presentation last week was one of the best I have attended this year - very informative and it has given me a lot to think about.”
Simon Smith, Head of Commercial Centre. HSBC
“I felt that I had to respond. I found the presentation absolutely fascinating and it was interesting to see the response of the delegates varying from fear and disbelief to mild amusement. I have mentioned the event to number of colleagues and clients since. Thank you.
Stuart Stoter, International Trade Partner, Clydesdale Bank plc
“Wow! What a great Breakfast Meeting – many congratulations on also having such a superb speaker”.
Neil Murphy, CEO Armchair group
“Really enjoyed the presentation. It has certainly sparked a fair amount of debate”.
Jason Colombo, Operations Director C&C Technology
“The feedback from our guests has been fabulous”.
Debbie Richardson. , CEO TFK Marketing
“I found the whole morning fascinating and the presentation truly inspirational”.
Andrew Mais, , PMP UK Ltd
Reed Exhibitions - Berlin, Germany
David - Thank you so much for your presentation yesterday - it certainly hit the spot with most of the delegates and with the Board. The breakout session that followed was very animated (despite the late nights in the bar!) but did keep the issues raised in context. As you can imagine quite a number of delegates have committed to go away and find out more.
Lynn Mathieson, CMO, Reed Exhibitions
The presentation was great - well done!
Alistair Gornall, CEO, Reed Exhibitions
The Financial Services Forum – St. Paul de Vence, France
We invited David Smith to speak at our first European Executive Summit in St. Paul de Vence, France in 2004. With his encyclopedic grasp of global change issues and his professional but uniquely enthusiastic presentation style he proved to be a great success. So much so, that we have invited David to contribute to our summit every year since. In addition, we have invited David to address senior groups of executives to help them prepare their business for the future.
I would have no hesitation in recommending David as one of Europe's leading speakers and facilitators
Anthony Thomson, Chief Executive, The Financial Services Forum
Shirlaws International - Sydney, Australia
David – I wanted to personally write and thank you for the effort you put forward on our client survey. Your professionalism and ability to keep us focused and work to tight deadlines meant that our clients received superb value.  And, as always, your presentation style really hit the mark!
Clare McCarthy, Chief Executive, Shirlaws International
The Pensions Network - UK
On behalf of myself and Patricia can I once again thank you for your superb input to our last Pensions-Net-Work meeting. We have had excellent feedback once again from members and we are looking forward to the next meeting in June.
Malcolm Small, Managing Director, The Pensions Net-Work, UK
EMBA Course - Tampere, Finland
Thank you very much for speaking in our Executive MBA program. You received a very good response from the students… I personally really enjoyed your presentation and the time we spent together. I look forward to seeing you again on some other occasion.
Petri Vehmanen, Professor, University of Tampere, Finland
Henley Business School -  UK
I wanted to write and thank you for your excellent presentation at Friday's Forum at Henley. The feedback was excellent on the day overall, but your presentation in particularly got rave reviews! I know you gave them a lot to think (and perhaps worry!) about, but the participants commented that your presentation was superb, very informative, thought provoking and indeed inspiring and entertaining. Their only negative comment was that they would have liked to listen to you for much longer!
June Sebley, Director, Henley Partnership
Financial Conférence - St. Paul de Vence, France
Just a short note to thank you for helping to make the conference one of the better one’s that I’ve attended.
Mario Aristides ACII`, Head of Business Development, AXA Insurance UK plc
Thank you to you & the team for a superb 3 days. I thought the quality of the event was outstanding and the value gained far outweighed the time away from the business. It gave me valuable thinking time and the sessions prompted some real differences in my thinking about what customer centricity really means & how we could deliver it.
Andrew Norton, Head of Alternative Channels, Halifax Regulated Sales
LOMA - Dallas, USA
Thank you for speaking at LOMA’s Distribution and Emerging Technology Conferences. Your presentation was very well received by our attendees. The information you provided was both useful and timely. The evaluations from the conference have been collected and the following reviews concern your presentation.
Comments:     Very provocative, thanks. Timely, interesting, outstanding, thought provoking, I want more. Very enjoyable. Eye-opening and thought provoking
Ann M. Purr, FLMI, CSP, PCS, Second Vice President, Information Management
SAS Scandinavian Airlines - Copenhagen, Denmark
Thank you so much for coming over. People were excited about "your hour"… it was a great day and they felt very committed at the end.
Casper Puggaard, Concept Manager, SAS Scandinavian Airlines Denmark

Keynote Speaking Engagements Include:
Future of Banking in China Shanghai, China
Asia Banking Conference Singapore
International Fund Forum Monte Carlo, France
LOMA Conference Dallas, USA
JCSE Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa
Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa
Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Org. Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Henley Management Centre Henley, UK
Unisys Banking Conference Nice, France
FutureScene St. Paul de Vence, France
Bank Administration International Conference New Orleans, USA
The future of Retail Banking (IIEA) London, UK
The Association of Exhibition Organisers London, UK
Marketforce - Mobile Financial Services London, UK
Packaging Industry Retailers Conference Daventry, UK
Service Excellence Awards Conference Nice, France
Unisys Analysts Summit Nice, France
Press Evening - Unisys Dusseldorf, Germany
Iberian Conference Nice, France
Unisys Global Insurance Conference Nice, France
Financial Summit 2006, GFF/Financial Services Forum St. Paul de Vence, France            
Financial Services Forum Annual Conference x 2 London, UK
PIMS, Richmond Events Oriana, Jersey
Unisys, Pinnacle Club New York, USA
EAE Development Conference Nice, France
VMA, Conference Konigswinter, Germany
Unisys Global Banking Conference Nice, France
Formic, Mobile data technologies London, UK
Computer Sciences Corporation Financial Services. (CSC) Beijing, China
Global Packaging Conference Madrid, Spain
The Financial Summit 2007 St. Paul de Vence, France
Institute of Directors Southampton, UK
 'The Publican' annual conference London, UK
Annual Estate Agents Conference & Awards Ceremony London, UK
LOMA Distribution Technology Conference Tampa, Florida, USA
LOMA Emerging Technology Conference Tampa, Florida, USA
Today's Food Wholesalers & Cash Carry Conference Prague, Czech Republic
North Yorkshire Institute of Director After dinner speech Harrogate, UK
Developing Gloucestershire Conference Cheltenham, UK
Halal Markets Conference Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
ACORD Implementation Forum Ft. Lauderdale, USA
Henley Customer Management Network Henley, UK
Home Sale Network Conference London, UK
Spotlight North Wales Conference Llandudno, Wales
Computerlinks University Conference Royal Mint, London, UK
MIDEMnet, Music Industry Conference and Exhibition Cannes, France
Allianz Innovation Workshop Munich, Germany
British Computer Society - Launch of Institute of IT Panel Royal Society, London, UK
NATO and Lloyd's of London - Risk Conference London, UK

Royal Mail
Rugby, UK
Unisys South Africa Johannesburg, S. Africa
Alliance & Leicester Group Crewe, UK
Royal & SunAlliance, top 100 executives Solihull, UK
More Th>n Horsham, UK
Direct Line Insurance London, UK
Reckit Benckiser London, UK
Bausche & Lomb Amsterdam, Netherlands
Shirlaws Business Coaching San Francisco, USA
SAS, Scandinavian Airways Copenhagen, Denmark
Shirlaws Coaching National Conference London, UK
Unisys Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Shirlaws Coaching, Global Conference San Francisco, USA
Executive MBA Course (Speech and workshops) Tampere, Finland
Shirlaws Client Conference, Australia Sydney, Australia
Rogers & Co. Ltd. Port Louis, Mauritius
Pensions Net-Work Tring, UK
British Marine Federation, National Conference Warwick, UK
Shirlaws Client Conference, UK London, UK
Henley Management Centre (Consortium MBA) Henley on Thames, UK
Higham Dunnett Shaw (Chairman’s Dinner Speaker) London, UK
Heinz (Innovation day) Hayes, UK
Reed Exhibitions Annual Top Executives conference Berlin, Germany
West Bromwich Building Society West Midlands, UK
Heinz Foods, Global Procurement Conference Alton Towers, UK
Royal Bank of Scotland, Insurance Brands, Marketing London, UK
Institute of Directors, Chairman’s Away-day 2007 London, UK
CISCO Advanced Services Conference Berlin, Germany
Annual Investment Meeting, Fund Managers Conference Gleneagles, Scotland
APS Annual client and Guest conference Whittlebury, UK
West Bromwich Building Society Board Retreat Canary Wharf, UK
HSBC Bank PLC Client Conference Hampton Court, London
Standard Chartered Bank, ‘Theme Week’ London, UK
British Dental Association MBA – Henley Management College Henley, UK
Financial Services Forum – General Insurance SIG London, UK
SustainPack – Sustainable Packaging Conference Prague, Czech Republic
Building Societies Association, Annual Conference Manchester, UK
FSF/Unisys – Life Insurance Summit Nice, France
Bank of Ireland, Marketing Conference Dublin, Ireland
Financial Services Forum – Future of Working from Home London, UK
Clearswift, Client conference Reading, UK
CSC, Financial Services Conference Tokyo, Japan
HSBC Bank PLC Client Conference Norwich, UK
HSBC Bank PLC Client Breakfast Colchester, UK
APS Annual client and Guest Conference Walton Hall, Stratford, UK
Yorkshire Business Association, Workshop Harrogate, UK
MoneyPortal IFA Network Conference Cannes, France
Audit Commission Workshop London, UK
Wates, Strategy Presentation Cobham, UK
ACORD, Board Presentation and Workshop Paris, France
Country Range Group, Spring Conference Manchester, UK
Brunei Halal Conference                                                            Bander Seri Bagawan, Brunei
ClearPath Strategic Briefing, Unisys                   St. Paul de Vence, France
International Insurance Society, Annual conference
CRN Finance Forum
Customer Service Network
Telecommunications Executive Network - Digital Home 2010
Madrid, Spain
Reading, UK
Gloucester, UK
London, UK
IPA, Advertising Industry Conference
Chartered Institute of Marketing, Annual Dinner
World Halal Forum - Europe London
The FWSIM 2010 CIO Executive Leadership Summit Connecticut, USA
SPAR Bi-Annual Conference
SAP Where next? Using sustainability to drive business growth
Radical Futures Forum
1st Annual Packaging Conference
CIO Connect, Insuarnce Industry breakfast
Philips Lighting
Terex top executives meeting
Valtra (AGco) 60th Anniversary event
Lloyds Banking Group
Warwick University Business School
WoW networking
Mars Chocolate Annual Sales Conference
IEEE City University - Systemic approach to Sustainability
World Halal Forum
Bromford Housing Association
Your packaging partner client event
e-sure insurance
British Marine Federation
Red Dragon, Spar C-Store Bi-annual conference
Mills & Reeve
Infineum Sales and Marketing conference
Media360 conference
C-Store OpenRoom conference
Surrey University Employers conference
e-broking conference (Incisive Media)
BBC Marketing launch event at Salford Quay
Ernst & Young - Risk Management conference
Ernst & Young - Management conference
InsuranceDay - Insurance Technology Congress
Linpack - Fresh Ideas
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Vlerick Leuven School of Management
TEN Next Generation Broadband conference
Microsoft Summit - Imagine
Dubai, UAE
Helsinki, Finland
Nottingham, UK
London, UK
London, UK
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Mannheim, Germany
Jsolskaya, Finland
London, UK
Coventry, UK
London, UK
Winchester, UK
Windsor, UK
London, UK
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bromford, UK
Bradford, UK
Reigate, UK
Southampton, UK
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Norwich, UK
Norwich, UK
Norwich, UK
Lisbon, Portugal
Manchester, UK
Faro, Portugal
Guildford, UK
Ascot, UK
Salford Quay, Manchester, UK
Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
London, UK
Warsaw, Poland
Madrid, Spain
Frankfurt Germany
Birmingham, UK
Paris, France
Gent & Brussels, Belgium
London, UK
London, UK
Trends+ consumer trends                                                                                  London, UK
Warwick Business School, MBA programme                                                     Coventry
Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance/Cap Gemini                                                 London
Jobs Summit, RSA                                                                                             London
Smart Cities Conference - Birmingham City Council                                         Birmingham
Basware Sales and Marketing Conference                                                       Helsinki, Finland
Jordans Ryvita Management meeting                                                               Cambourne, UK
Long Term Care Insurance Conference                                                            Las Vegas, USA
Deloitte Technology Congress                                                                          Brussels, Belgium
Menzies 'Big Event' seminars                                                                           Southampton, Dorking, London
Product Design and Innovation Conference                                                     London
Client event - HSBC, Grant Thornton, Birketts                                                 Ipswich, UK
European Commission - Digital Agenda - Chairman - Social Media                Brussels, Belgium
European Parliament - Digital Agenda - Social Media Strategy                       Brussels, Belgium
HSBC                                                                                                               Colchester, UK
ACORD Forum Asia, speaker and Chairperson                                              Singapore
CSC Financial Conference                                                                              Hong Kong
The only constant is change for OilTanking                                                     Salzburg, Austria
IGP European conference                                                                               Berlin, Germany
Experian European Sales and Marketing Conference                                    Frankfurt, Germany
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI, Export event.                                              Gloucestershire, UK
KPMG Global Insurance Practice Heads conference                                      London, UK
Acord Club                                                                                                       London, UK
Chartered Insurance Institute                                                                          Leeds, UK
London Technology Week, Technology Conference                                       ExCel, London, UK
UKTI, Export Fair and conference                                                                   Bristol, UK
KPMG Client conference,                                                                                London, UK
Chartered Insurance Institute                                                                          Liverpool, UK
SMA Innovation Webinar                                                                                Global
Philippines Insurance Society                                                                         Manila, Philippines
Allianz Conference                                                                                         Coventry, UK
QBE project launch                                                                                         London, UK
FINEOS client summit                                                                                    Dublin, Eire
Travelers Insurance Broker Conference                                                         Loch Lomond, Scotland
BrightWave Annual Conference                                                                     London, UK
Financial Services Forum, Annual Conference                                              London, UK
Avios launch event, Keynote speaker.                                                           Media City and Brighton, UK
KPMG - AIG - Willis - Women in Insurance Conference                                London, UK
Prudential top 200 execs conference, Keynote                                              London, UK
Acord Forum Asia, 3rd year running, Chair                                                   Singapore
Middlesex University - Interview to camera                                                   London, UK
ADIDO Digital Summit                                                                                   Southampton, UK
British Chamber of Commerce Executives Forum                                        Henley on Thames, UK
UK Broker Summit                                                                                        Hampshire, UK
Aquila Insurance Executives dinner                                                              London, UK
TEDx at Surrey University                                                                            Guildford, UK
Avios relaunch                                                                                              Brighton and Salford
Henley Customer Centre                                                                              Henley-on-Thames
Financial Services Forum on Telematics                                                      London
Lloyd's women in insurance conference                                                       London
ICAEW Insolvency Conference                                                                    London
ANV Senior Executives meeting                                                                   London
Future Strategy - Futures conference,                                                         Tehran, Iran
Roche meeting at Henley                                                                             Henley-on-Thames
Business Reset Breakfast, British Chambers of Commerce                        Cliveden
Naked Leaders Annual Conference                                                             London
Fix Auto Annual Conference                                                                        Burton-on-Trent
Financial Services Forum Annual Executive Summit                                  St. Paul de Vence, France
CCMA - Call Centre Association Annual Conference                                  London
Financial Services Forum Mortgage Summit                                               St. Paul de Vence, France
HSBC and Business West - 'An Audience with David Smith'                      Bristol
Rydon Construction, All staff conference                                                    Gatwick
British Gas, All staff conference.                                                                Glasgow, Scotland
NetVu Insurance Conference                                                                     San Antonio, Texas, USA
Roche Strategy Event                                                                                Hatfield, UK
Finance and Investment Forum                                                                  London, UK
Ecclesiastical Insurance Conference                                                         Gloucester, UK
Roche European Executives and High Flyers event                                  Welwyn Garden City, UK
Renewable Energy Generation conference                                               Berkeley Heath, UK
Amlin Motor Group Insurance Underwriters                                               City of London
John Lewis Partnership                                                                              Maidenhead, UK
Chaucer Insurance Syndicate, Strategy workshop                                     London
Institute of Travel and Tourism                                                                   Tel Aviv, Israel
Internet of Insurance Conference                                                               London, UK
FutureFest                                                                                                  London, UK
Insurance Technology Congress, Chair                                                      London, UK
EY Financial Services Executive Conference                                            The Grove, Middlesex, UK
The Association of Accounting Technicians Annual conference                Birmingham, UK
Atom Bank                                                                                                  St. Paul de Vence, France
HSBC Strategy Event                                                                                 Bedford, UK
Irish Accounting Technicians Conference                                                  Dublin, Eire
Roche Pharmaceuticals at Henley Business School, lecture                     Henley-upon-Thames, UK
IBM CMO Day                                                                                            South Bank, London, UK
The Future of Marketing in Financial Services                                           London, UK
Chime Specialist Marketing Agencies Group, Keynote                              London, UK
GoodYear - Future Mobility press conference                                            Belgrade, Serbia
Knight Frank International IT Conference                                                   London, UK
BOC Strategy event                                                                                   Guildford, UK
Dublin Institute of Technology - Speech and executive workshop.            Dublin, Eire
The Future of Work in the Health Industry                                                 London, UK
Annual conference in Distribution                                                              Tehran, Iran
Digital Advice                                                                                             London, UK
Global Family Office Summit                                                                     St. Paul de Vence, France
DLA Piper conference                                                                               Amsterdam, Netherlands
Majesco Convergence Conference                                                           Ft. Lauderdale, USA
Chaucer Insurance                                                                                    London, UK
Advocate Marketing Academy (AMA)                                                       Maidenhead, UK
Adido Conference                                                                                     Bournemouth, UK
Roche at Henley Business School                                                           Henley-upon-Thames, UK
Marketforce - General Insurance Conference                                          London, UK
Agriculture and Horticulture Board                                                           Kenilworth, UK
Midlands Leadership Group                                                                     Somerfield, UK
iClub conference                                                                                      Kiev, Ukraine
GoodYear Dealers Conference                                                                London, UK
Marketing Directors Network AI                                                               London, UK
ProcureCon                                                                                             Zurich, Switzerland
Goodyear EMEA                                                                                      Birmingham, UK
Chartered Insurance Institute                                                                  Ipswich, UK
SATO client meeting                                                                                Budapest, Hungary
Havant College                                                                                        Southampton, UK
Reeds School                                                                                          Cobham, UK
Surrey University                                                                                     Guildford, UK
Belron – Automotive                                                                                Frankfurt, Germany
Goodyear Annual Dealer Conference                                                     London, UK
OctoMilan                                                                                                Milan, Italy
Financial Services Forum, Annual Conference, Chair and Interviewer   London, UK
Investment Marketing and Innovation                                                     London, UK
Through the Night – Radio 5 live                                                             London, UK
Phoebus Software                                                                                   Birmingham, UK
Risk Net and Society Générale                                                               London, UK
Willis Towers Watson – Airports conference                                           Netherlands
Financial Services Forum – Executive conference                                 St. Paul de Vence, France
Association of |Insurance Underwriters                                                  London, UK
Roche Pharmaceuticals                                                                         Henley, UK
Talent conference                                                                                   Amsterdam, Netherlands
CMIS                                                                                                      London, UK
Schroders innovation event                                                                    London, UK
Equinix                                                                                                    London, UK
Association of British Insurers                                                                London, UK
KPMG banking change                                                                          London, UK

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