David Willetts became a CET Trustee in 2012. He is also a member of the CET Grants and Development Committee. David is Founder and Chairman of Reeve Hepburn, a corporate advisory boutique based in the UK. His work at Reeve Hepburn has included a number of external roles as Chairman of a UK Engineering Group listed on the London Stock Exchange, venture capital funded businesses: a Concrete Products Manufacturer in Eastern England and a specialist group of Automotive Repair Centres in North London.
David has led and advised management teams in successful buyouts and subsequent exits. He was the Board Member responsible at the leading Lloyds Marine and Aviation Managing Agency for overseeing the first corporate capital investment into the Lloyds of London insurance market. He is currently Chairman of SerraLux Inc, an early stage company that specialises in Daylighting products for the Architectural Glazing Industry.
Since 1983, David has worked on pro bono leading major regeneration initiatives in London: Founder and Chairman of the first business Enterprise Agency in London and the first Groundwork Environmental Charity in London. As a founder member (1989), David continues to serve as a main board director and trustee of East London Business Alliance, a charity substantially funded by the Global Investment Bank Community in London to deliver high quality Corporate Community Investment programmes. He also completed six years’ service as an elected member of the Council of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
On graduating from Bristol University with an honours degree in History, David trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross in the UK, a predecessor firm of Deloitte and Touche, where he worked for seven years with major listed clients in North America, France and the UK. David was then invited to join Neville Russell, now Mazars, as a senior partner. In addition to his role as a supervising client partner, David’s responsibilities as a member of the Executive Board included five years as managing partner of the firm’s principal office in London, followed by five years working in North America, Europe and Asia, establishing and building the firm’s international practice.