David founded the Natural Area business in 2001 following a 22-year career in business banking with general management levels throughout Australia. He is a major shareholder and contributing consultant to the Natural Area business.
He has broad on ground experience in environmental restoration, weed control, erosion control and fire fuel load management having worked in the field during the initial years of the business’ operations. He founded the business with a passion for environmental restoration, having worked as a volunteer for many years. His community environmental work has been recognised with numerous awards and he is a former City of Joondalup Citizen of the Year and Department of Environment & Conservation Volunteer of the Year.
David’s particular interests within Natural Area are business development and risk management with his true passion being seed collection, the propagation of recalcitrant species and developing industry standards required for high quality rehabilitation.
He serves on the management committees for the Revegetation Industry Association of WA (RIAWA), The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) and The International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS). As part of the additional community support provided by Natural Area, David is active in the operations of the Dieback Working Group (DWG), the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC).