David Powell

Highly effective facilitator

David Powell is an engaging, internationally experienced and highly effective professional facilitator who assists leadership teams in developing inspiring future vision and success strategies and helps them tackle tough, seemingly intractable challenges.

By using a skilled, independent facilitator like David to facilitate their strategic sessions, senior executives are freed to participate fully and ensure their team agrees on optimum solutions.

David is the Managing Director of Corporate Leadership and the internationally acclaimed author of Spirit Intelligence.

His facilitation approaches are pragmatic, results focused and highly effective. He provides his clients with a range of practical tools and approaches to help tap the full power of the mind, the passion of the emotions and the enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, initiative, creativity, resilience and persistence of the spirit of business.

David calls this tapping The Hidden Advantage to unleash the power and potential latent in their staff to achieve optimum performance and results. In his workshops, he combines humour, energy, passion and a wealth of personal experience to facilitate active participation, creative thought, skills enhancement and achieving the required success outcomes.

David was educated at the City of London School and gained a first class honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Edinburgh University, followed by postgraduate studies in Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney. His corporate career spanned 14 years in Oil and Gas where he worked with BP, AGL and Amoco and 10 years in Information Technology with ICL and Tandem where he held senior marketing and general management roles.

Since 1993, David has worked across five continents and 27 countries with more than 200 clients in the financial services, telco, pharmaceutical, IT, mining and other industries, including many of the most well known brands in the world. Allianz, AMP, , CBA, FSA, GIO, Lloyd's Insurance, MLC, Rothschild, Suncorp, Westpac, AT&T, Optus, Telstra, GSK, Merck Sharpe and Dome, Roche, Fujitsu, Honeywell, IBM, Placer Dome, Barrick Gold , Accenture, , Ernst & Young, Jim Beam, Johnson & Johnson, London Olympics, Marks and Spencer, PWC, Thomas Cook, World Vision are just some.

An exceptional facilitator, David Powell's sessions are challenging and inspiring yet always highly practical and effective. His participation will undoubtedly help you to unleash the power and potential of your people.

David Powell works with clients to facilitate:

  • Inspiring Leadership & Vision
  • Effective Management
  • High Performance Teams
  • Gold Medal Winning Customer Value Sales Calls & Campaigns
  • Personal Performance - The Dynamics of a Top Performer

Client testimonials

You’re a bloody marvel. I needed a couple of days to appreciate your work, I could see it evolving, but when stepping back and looking at the total session and the manoeuvres!!! I savoured these more than you can imagine. There is a definite effort to engage each other. The camaraderie was very obvious at the Xmas party.

La Mancha Resources

Wow!! What an insight into how we can operate to our full potential. Everyone at the conference was very impressed and listened intently to every word of your speech.

L.J. Hooker

His energy, enthusiasm & commitment to the topic is infectious. Our group always appreciates his ability to provide sharp, concise concepts.

Ernst & Young

It was FANTASTIC, exceeded all my expectations and all the attendees were unanimous in this feedback. Everyone is just thanking me for bring this leadership workshop in house, it has re-energised all of us. David is a superb facilitator and his passion is catching. I can recommend this workshop to anyone.


You really hit the spot. It is very heartening to see some real hard issues finally being addressed by the team.

Sydney Ferries

David is a consummate professional. I have some quite fired up delegates! He was very flexible in his approach to the project which I needed and is a very good communicator.


I would like to sincerely thank you for the very positive and professional way in way in which you facilitated the Rite-Way Annual conference. I might add now, that I was nervous about the concept as it was totally different to what I have organised in the past. Within half an hour of starting the first session, my worries were over. You quickly gained the attention of the delegates and were able to keep them enthused and positive throughout. At Rite-Way we now have a vision for the future and this is in a large part due to the sessions at this year’s conference and your ability to ensure positive interaction from the members.

MD, Rite-Way Supermarkets

I want to thank you for the exceptional facilitation work you did for Nortel Asia Pacific in Singapore. It was difficult to tell by my conversations in Sydney with you if you could truly 'work the room', handle the cultural differences, 'go with the flow', be flexible and pull out of your experiences relevant spontaneous material. You did and more! You vastly exceeded my expectations.


In my opinion, David is one of the best facilitators in the world. Prepare to learn, have fun, work hard and be challenged.

CEO, Acacia (African Barrick Gold)

We made such excellent progress. You completely held the attention and focus of 46 senior managers for two very full days. Truly amazing. Many thanks.

CEO, Lloyd’s Insurance