David Brookes

David Brookes

Managing Director

David was appointed Managing Director of Social Traders in 2009.  He is an Executive Director on Social Traders’ board and has responsibility for development and implementation of the organisation’s strategy, staff recruitment and engagement with key government, philanthropic, business and research partners.

David has been closely involved in the development of national social enterprise development initiatives in Australia, including the annual Social Traders Masters Conference and the Social Enterprise Awards.  Over the last eight years, Social Traders has provided support to over 3,500 social enterprises through the company’s tailored programs and services.  David is also an inaugural Director of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Community Interest Company (CIC) established in July 2015.

David brings to his role a background in senior management roles in the Australian corporate sector, including responsibility for strategic business-community partnerships at Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor.  He also has previous economic development and policy experience having worked for a major industry association and local government.

David has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).