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David Joel

Every course leader brings a unique wealth of insights from within the boardroom and wider business community to the programmes they deliver; the IoD gives you exclusive access to their expertise.

IoD course leader


Business experience

David Joel is a qualified physicist with 22 years in the aerospace and defence sector and 10 years in the services and facilities management sector in leadership, finance and business development roles.

David was seconded to the US, leading a multi-disciplinary team to penetrate the US defence marketplace.

Upon return from the US, David took a post as the managing director of a newly acquired SME, dealing with the change and culture issues that characterise a new business acquisition. Whilst in the facilities management sector, David led a bid team for the privatisation of the atomic weapons establishment: Aldermaston, managing a three-way partnership comprised of Lockheed Martin, British Nuclear Fuels and Serco.

In 2002, David founded Lanson Consultants Ltd. David is also a former chairman of the Portsmouth and East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. Until recently David was also a member of the council of governors for the Queen Alexandra Hospital. David currently chairs the East Hampshire business forum, provides board-level coaching on business strategy to a blue chip organisation in the financial services sector and interviews prospective candidates for the IoD Chartered Director programme.

Professional credentials and training experience

David qualified with a diploma in Company Direction at the IoD in 2001 and became a Chartered Director in 2003.
In his course leader capacity with the IoD David has worked with organisations such as the MoD, Office Depot, Mainetti, Cassidian, Commerzbank, Skanska, Travis Perkins, First Group and the NHS.