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. He is a registered Community Volunteer with Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) since 1992 and with Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) since 2007.
David is currently a Director of and Volunteer with RESULTS International Australia (2011-now), and has recently joined the Board of the AFL Central West. He was Board Chair and a Director of Australian Business Volunteers (2008-2011), a Director of and Volunteer with the ACT Deafness Resource Centre (1999-2005), and a Director of and Volunteer with the Canberra Hospital Auxiliary (2000-2003).
- 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
As of 16/Aug/2015, I am a hopelessly optimistic member of the Western Bulldogs Australian Rules Football Club. The Bulldogs’ one and only premiership came 3 years before I was born! The team has done well this year so please win another soon!
My first ever live concert was the Kinks supported by Ted Mulry at Melbourne’s Festival Hall in 1970. My best ever concert was Black Sabbath at Kooyong Tennis Courts in 1972. My worst ever concert was Lou Reed at Melbourne’s Festival Hall in 1974 – although Bon Scott’s ACDC were a fantastic support act.
In February 1975, on the last day of the Sixth Test at the MCG, I dismissed the late great English batsman Sir Michael Colin Cowdrey with a full toss! 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. Not much has changed, eh! Australia won the series 4-1.