David Turnbull

Associate Director, Client Relations



A former career diplomat with the UK Diplomatic service, David’s experience includes service with the British Merchant Navy, and government departments, including Defense, Trade and Investment, and Foreign Affairs. He served abroad on UK diplomatic missions in Europe, Africa, United States, and Australia, where he was Deputy Consul General and Director for Trade between the UK and Australia.

David is a trusted advisor to many of Directioneering’s major clients. Taking the time to understand their organisation, issues, and needs translates into high-care support for their employees.

His clients and their employees also benefit from his calm and reliable presence during critical times of organisational change.

In 2023 David lived in the UK where he was coaching executives on career transition and leadership. It was valuable experience in a tough and vibrant market.

Coaching expertise
David started coaching senior staff in the diplomatic service and now coaches people across all business sectors, from general management level through to the c-suite and at board level. This background brings him a deep understanding and empathy of issues people face in all walks of life.

Industry Expertise

Financial Services
Legal Sector
Not for Profit
Oil & Gas, Mining
Professional Services

International Coaching Federation
Australian HR Institute


Social Science and International Relations, Open University
Intl Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science
Business Mgmt & Strategic Leadership, Ashridge Business School, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Counselling), Open University (two years)

Psychometric tools
Myers Briggs OPP
Birkman Method™
MRG Personal Directions/IDI
MRG Strategic Leadership Development
MRG 360 Leadership Effectiveness

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