David Fishel

David is Co-Director of Positive Solutions, founder of BoardConnect and author of The Book of the Board.

Prior to co-founding Positive Solutions in the UK in 1990, David managed arts organisations ranging from small scale touring theatre companies to arts centre and theatre venues. David has led business and strategic planning processes for cultural, health, educational, sports and Indigenous organisations. He has delivered training in board development, management and leadership skills, arts-business partnerships and strategic planning. He has provided consulting services and governance advice for non-profit organisations, government agencies and private sector organisations, working in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, India, South East Asia and North Asia.

David is author of The Book of the Board, which has become the standard reference book for board and committee members of non-profit organisations in Australia (published by Federation Press) and Boards That Work by the Directory of Social Change in the UK. David is a graduate of Liverpool, Newcastle and Oxford Universities. He has been a board member of several cultural and educational organisations and Chair of three including, most recently, Brisbane Writers Festival.

In 2010 David founded BoardConnect, a non-profit firm dedicated to providing support and advice to the board members of non-profit organisations, and the CEOs who serve them.