David helps business owners and senior executives to become effective leaders through his leadership training workshops, consultancy projects, coaching and mentoring, and his presentations and speeches.
His expertise in leadership training and coaching is derived from his own experience of leading businesses through periods of growth and change.
David’s leadership projects have helped clients in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australasia (see below).
David has also designed and delivered change management programmes for a number of businesses, organisations and corporations internationally.
His own international business experience, academic learning and projects with clients combine to make David an expert in change management, leadership and cultural change within businesses and organisations.
“The workshop was just perfect. I obtained techniques on strategic thinking that will help me to develop an effective strategic plan and to be more target-oriented. David Parrish was a very interesting speaker, ready to answer all our questions.”
Leyli Salayeva /contemporary writer. Cultural and Creative Leaders. Azerbaijan
Through training workshops, in-house bespoke programmes, consultancy projects, corporate training events, and keynote speeches, David helps businesses to lead change processes effectively.
“David was totally invaluable to my growth as a leader. His calm and considered approach let me delve right into the core of the issues facing my organization and my own professional development. The feedback that he gave was specific, honest, extremely generous and had a transformative effect on my work. I can’t recommend him highly enough.”
Sam Snedden. The Basement Theatre. Auckland, New Zealand
Projects and Clients
David delivered an in-house training workshop on Leading Change for the Abudawood Group in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In Tbilisi, Georgia, David delivered a training workshop for Cultural and Creative Leaders, commissioned by the British Council and the Culture & Creativity EU-Eastern Partnership Programme.
In partnership with the Leadership School Armenia, David delivered lectures and presentations in Yerevan on leadership, creativity and innovation, including : “How to be an Effective Leader” and “i-Creativity for Innovation, Impact and Profits”.
In Saudi Arabia, David presented a workshop on Leading Creative Cultures for the Program for Advanced Leadership and Management (PALM8) for the Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE).
He has worked with Hilton International and the ‘Hilton University’ delivering Leadership and Management training for Senior Vice Presidents (Europe) in Denmark and Switzerland. For Hilton International he also developed a training course in ‘Leadership and Communication’ training for fast-track hotel managers from around Europe, delivered in Milan, Strasbourg and Berlin.
In Bosnia & Herzegovina, David designed and delivered an in-house leadership training workshop for the management team at SPARK Business Park in Mostar, working in partnership with the Swiss EP project.
David developed and delivered a Change Management workshop, including Leadership and Management elements, with Thames Water International and the Australian National University, for senior managers from East Asia.
“How do you lead T-Shirts and Suits?” was the subject of David’s leadership presentation as guest speaker at the annual conference of the Marketing and Advertising Global Network (MAGNET) in Munich.
He provided Leadership and Management training for the ‘Grow Creative’ programme for senior executives of creative and digital businesses at Lancaster University. He also developed and delivered the ‘Leading Creative Cultures’ module and a workshop on ‘Leadership: Culture and Strategy’.
David devised and ran a training workshop ‘Leading and Managing Organisational Change’ at the Asia Pacific Centre for Continuing and Professional Development, in partnership with the Asia Business Forum, in Singapore and Thailand.
David was commissioned as a trainer and mentor to the ‘Accidental Leaders’ and ‘Accidental Managers’ programmes by Vision + Media in the UK.
Working with The White Room and Skillset Wales, David designed and delivered a training workshop in ‘Leadership and Communication’ for senior managers in the TV and media sector in Wales.
‘How to Lead and Manage Virtual Teams’ was a module developed for Hilton International by David, who also wrote and published an article on this subject.
He ran a leadership training module on ‘Leadership and Innovative Thinking’ for senior managers in partnership with Singapore company Lighthouse Global Training.
David has provided consultancy advice to a range of clients and mentored business owners, company directors and senior managers on Leadership and Management issues.
In addition, David has written about Leadership and Management in his book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’, in his ‘Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries Guide’ for Business Link, and in numerous articles published online and in print.
“David Parrish’s presentation was inspirational and educational for all at the Leadership School in Armenia.
It was wonderful working with you and we are incredibly thankful that you were able to join us for your lecture and Q&A. Your remarks were so heartfelt and that standing ovation was well deserved! Thank you.”
Samvel Movsisyan, Founder, Leadership School Armenia
David has worked in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Curaçao, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (South), Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), a Member of the Institute of Consulting (MIC) and a number of other professional institutes. He has an MBA, awarded with distinction, from Bradford University School of Management, one of Europe’s leading business schools.
Design, Media and Technology Businesses
Owners and directors of design, media and technology businesses in the creative industries sector have become more successful leaders as a result of David’s leadership training, consultancy and coaching.
His background is in setting up, leading and managing businesses in the creative industries and he has used his own experience, professional qualifications and international connections to help creative and digital businesses to become even more successful.
He also brings to clients a wide range of perspectives and techniques learnt from having worked in other industry sectors world-wide.
David advises businesses on leadership and management through his consultancy projects and leadership training workshops. He also provides mentoring and coaching for business owners and senior executives.