Chief Executive

Department for Trade and Investment

David is the Chief Executive of the Department for Trade and Investment (DTI). He drives business investment in the state and facilitates trade in goods and services interstate and internationally. David also develops strategy to ensure the management of the State’s Planning System to support our growing population to maintain our lifestyle.

David has a demonstrated record of success in policy advice, financial management, and developing strong relationships across government, industry and community sector organisations.

David was previously the Chief Executive of the Department of Treasury and Finance which included managing the state economy and budget through the global pandemic while continuing to invest in infrastructure and managing the state’s credit rating.

David completed a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide and in 2022 was awarded a Public Sector Medal for his outstanding contributions to economic and financial policy in South Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

David is a passionate South Australian driven by helping to grow the South Australian economy through leading and collaborating both within government and with the private sector.