Colonel David Hopley OBE RM (Retd) MAC MIoD
David Hopley is a leadership, management and business consultant, coach and mentor, with over 40 years experience gained from working in both the financial services industry and, more broadly, from a highly successful military career. A motivational leadership speaker, David has worked with a variety of clients from the financial, energy, retail, insurance, health care, tourist, Olympic and education sectors, as well as the not-for-profit sector. He is founder and Co-Director of David Hopley Associates Ltd, a specialist firm covering discrete business and personal development solutions, and facilitating ‘step change’ in business performance. He is also a Senior Faculty & Principal Consultant with Excelsior Consulting Group, LLC, working with clients in the ME. David is also affiliated to the US Joint Special Operations University, in Tampa, for which he serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. David is also both a Certified Post-Secondary Instructor (CPI) and Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP) for excellence in teaching. He was the Adjunct Faculty Member for 2013/14 in recognition of his achievements. He also holds a non-executive role with Dignity Hostage Survival Ltd, a specialist training and business advisory consultancy.
In addition, David is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kinetika Bloco, a London based charity that uses music and dance to discover and enable the potential in young people – giving them opportunities they may not otherwise have to make a difference in their lives.
A former co-head for Europe Middle East & Africa of Goldman Sachs’ award winning leadership and development platforms – Goldman Sachs University and Pine Street, David is an Executive Coach, holds Member status with the Association for Coaching. His coaching and mentoring clients range from senior ‘C level’ executives across a variety of sectors at institutions, including the ICAEW, Banking, Reassurance, to Olympic coaches and Healthcare. He is also a member of Allied Corporate Partners (ACP) mentoring panel, helping former members of the Armed Forces into second careers. He has extensive experience working with clients from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and the US. Together with his youngest son, Alan, David also supports LGBT network events in the City.
During his 30–year military career in the Royal Marine Commandos and UK Special Forces, he served in a variety of appointments, ranging from operational tours with the Special Boat Service (SBS), Headquarters UK Special Forces and Joint Forces Headquarters, to staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence and the teaching staff at the Joint Services’ Defence College. He has the unique distinction of receiving the King’s Badge for best recruit under training and the Sword of Honour, for passing out top of his officer course two years later. He has also commanded in every rank, and was Commanding Officer of the SBS between 1993-96. Awarded an OBE for in 1994, his last appointment before retiring on July 2005 was Deputy Commander, UK Special Forces.
David has three children (aged between 32 and 38) and is married to Christine, a Chartered Human Physiotherapist and member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. They share a passion for horses, dogs and making a difference!