IAN WHITING

‘I invited David into my business lock, stock and smoking barrel. I encouraged him to meet whomever he wanted, to go wherever he wanted. He attended exec meetings; he came to India with me for the staff Christmas party. I was very comfortable for him to be a conduit for feedback from my team, all of whom trusted him.

David’s strengths are my weaknesses. He is self-aware; he is far sighted, creative, and full of emotional intelligence. I’m very poor at investing in myself, building networks outside of my working networks, thinking longer term in terms of career planning, keeping abreast of current thinking and David is great about keeping me thinking about things like that.’