Chairman of the Board of Trustees
International Valuation Standards Council
After teaching at Edinburgh University he became Technical Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 1978. In 1982 he was appointed national technical partner of Thomson McLintock & Co and later of KPMG.
In 1990 he became the Chairman of the UK Accounting Standards Board (ASB) and in January 2001 was appointed the first Chairman of the International accounting Standards Board (IASB). He then led the Board for ten years, retiring in June 2011.
He is a visiting Professor of Accounting in the Management School at Edinburgh University and at University of Strathclyde. He has received honorary degrees from nine British Universities.
He was knighted in 1994 and has been presented with a number of awards from the Accounting Profession. He was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2013.
Sir David became President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in April 2012 (until April 2013) and Chairman of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) in October 2012.
He chairs the Royal Household Audit Committee for the Sovereign Grant and is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Scottish Charities, Leuchie House and the ICAS Foundation.