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David Cheyne, Board Mentor, Criticaleye

David Cheyne

Board Mentor

Criticaleye

David has developed a portfolio career with a number of SME investments and non-executive directorships, including The Masuri Group Ltd, a well-known cricket brand that specialises in protective equipment and team wear manufacture. David is also a Director of Discovery Investment Fund Ltd, which specialises in supporting young, ambitious, high-growth enterprises in Scotland. David was Chair of Criticaleye from 2009 to 2017 and has been a Criticaleye Board Mentor since 2010.
 
A Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of operating experience in finance, commercial, general management and turnaround situations, David trained with Ernst & Young. He spent two years overseas in Hong Kong and gained significant accounting, auditing and corporate finance experience, over a ten-year career in the Accountancy profession.
 
David spent five years as CFO of the supermarket and convenience store group, Somerfield, originally when it was a Plc and then under private-equity ownership, prior to its sale to the Co-op in 2009. He played a key role in the initial public-to-private transaction and, thereafter, as part of the new executive team which rationalised and transformed the business, delivering significant value growth for the private-equity shareholders on exit.