Educated at Stowe and Merton College, Oxford, David has had a distinguished career as a communications consultant and adviser to business, politicians and governments.
He was amanuensis and chief of staff to Basil (now Lord) Feldman from 1975 to 1980, at which point he built and ran McDonough Associates Ltd, a corporate communications consultant business, for ten years. In 1990, his business joined forces with the relatively new and high profile Lowe Bell Communications. He launched The McDonough Partnership in 2003, and now runs Norris McDonough LLP, which brings together two complementary and highly respected sets of skills in the field of high level strategic advice for both corporate and individual clients
In parallel with his life as a communications consultant to business and a close trusted adviser to business leaders, David has been very active in the charity world for over thirty years, including in 1988 co-founding The October Club, of which he is now Life President. He served on The Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal Committee for four years and has recently concluded his second and final term as a Commissioner of The Royal Hospital Chelsea. He is also Founder and Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board for Samaritans; a founder member of The Prime Minister’s World War One Centenary Commemoration Advisory Group; a member of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Appeal Committee and an Ambassador of The Chapel Royal Appeal at The Tower of London and a founder member of The 1535 Society.
He was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in 1998 for services to the community. David is also a Freeman of the City of London; a Liveryman of The Merchant Taylors Company; a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts; and an Officer of The Order of St John.