David has an eclectic professional background starting off as a minerals exploration geologist in 1980, establishing a management consulting practice (the Bailey Consulting Group) in 1999, and establishing the ACT Association, Business & Community Hub with Tony Curtis in late 2012. In between, David worked in:
- environmental and industrial health and safety
- Federal natural resource policy and program management
- geoscientific research policy, planning, evaluation and reporting; and
- on programs with a significant ICT component in the utilities sector.
David has been a passionate and active volunteer for over 40 years – most recently in the community and not-for-profit sectors, but also in rural communities, on scientific research projects, and in primary, secondary and community sporting programs.
David is currently a registered Volunteer with
- Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) since 1992
- Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) since 2007
- RESULTS International (Australia) since 2011.
David has also been:
- An Executive Director of Oncology Massage Limited from 2016 to 2017
- A non-Executive Director of AFL Central West from 2015 to 2017
- A non-Executive Director of RESULTS International (Australia) from 2011 to 2016
- Board Chair and a non-Executive Director of Australian Business Volunteers from 2008 to 2011
- A non-Executive Director of, and Volunteer with, the ACT Deafness Resource Centre from 1999 to 2005
- A non-Executive Director of, and Volunteer with, the Canberra Hospital Auxiliary from 2000 to 2003
- A Committee Member, Coach, Fundraiser and Secretary of the Australian Rules Football Club of Marist College Canberra from 1990 to 1994.
- Certificate IV (Business Governance), Australian Institute of Community Directors, 2009
- Diploma (Industrial Psychology), South Australian Institute of Technology, 1992
- Bachelor of Science with Honours (Earth Sciences), Monash University, 1979
I am a very proud member of the Western Bulldogs Australian Rules Football Club. The Bulldogs fought through numerous injuries in 2016 to finish 7th in the home and away season.
In a series of against-the-odds finals victories, the club eliminated the West Coast Eagles in Perth (they were the previous year’s runners-up); thwarted Hawthorn’s bid for a fourth successive premiership at the MCG; away from home, scraped through against Greater Western Sydney to qualify for the Grand Final for the first time in 55 years. In doing so, it became the first club to reach the premiership decider from such a low position on the ladder. The club ended a 62-year premiership drought with a 22-point victory over the Sydney Swans (who were the minor premiers).
My first ever live concert was the Kinks supported by Ted Mulry at Melbourne’s Festival Hall in 1970. My best ever concerts were Black Sabbath at Kooyong Tennis Courts in 1972 and Festival Hall in 1974. My worst ever concert was Lou Reed at Melbourne’s Festival Hall in 1974 – although ACDC featuring Bon Scott was a fantastic support act.
The Australian team was labelled the “ugly Australians” thanks to Ian Chappell’s hard-nosed captaincy, the intimidatory fast bowling of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson, and the constant sledging. Australia won the series 4-1. Not much has changed!