David Hall has a B.A. Hons. in Russian and Soviet Studies and an MBA. He worked for 10 years in general management and marketing, including international assignments in Saudi Arabia and Sweden. Following his MBA, in 1991, he began working in the cultural sector as Deputy Director of Business in the Arts, a national programme of ABSA (Arts & Business) and now has over 20 years experience of working with, advising and now funding the cultural sector. Prior to becoming the Foyle Foundation's founding Chief Executive in 2001, he was a Lead Consultant at AEA Management Consultants. He specialised in strategic development, business planning and capital project planning, within the arts and heritage sectors. He assessed major capital projects for the Arts Council of England, Scottish Arts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund, being often used as a trouble shooter. Currently, he is a member of the Development Council of the National Theatre, its Planning and Strategy Group and the NT Future Committee, a member of the Learning and Participation Committee at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a member of the ACE London Committee. He is a former Board member of Money, Mission, Models.