David CheyneBoard Mentor
David has developed a portfolio career with a number of SME investments and non-executive directorships including The Masuri Group Ltd, a well known cricket brand specialising in protective equipment and team wear manufacture. David is also a Director of Discovery Investment Fund Ltd, which specialises in supporting young, ambitious, high-growth enterprises in Scotland. David was Chair of Criticaleye from 2009 to 2017 and has been a Criticaleye Board Mentor since 2010.
A Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of operating experience in finance, commercial, general management and turnaround situations, David trained with Ernst & Young, spent two years overseas in Hong Kong and gained significant accounting, auditing and corporate finance experience over a ten year career in the Accountancy profession.
David spent five years as CFO of the supermarket and convenience store group, Somerfield, originally when it was a Plc and then under private equity ownership prior to its sale to the Co-op in 2009. He played a key role in the initial Public to Private transaction and thereafter as part of the new executive team which rationalised and transformed the business, delivering significant value growth for the private equity shareholders on exit.