David Dickson: Non-Executive Chair at Western Pension Solutions
David Dickson has been advising Family Business’s for over 30 years , originally at KPMG and then until 2015 as the senior partner of Garbutt and Elliott , a regional firm of Chartered Accountants . Since then David has increased his specialisation in advising Family’s on family business and shareholder succession and governance .
David in 2012 was awarded a Fellowship by the International Centre for Families in Business for his work in promoting the importance of family companies in the economy and advising family companies on succession and governance .
David is also a shareholder and a member of the Family Assembly of the Shepherd Building Group where he has applied his expertise to develop the Shepherd Family Constitution and its committee structures including the Educational and Development program and the Shareholder Committee which he chaired from its formation until June 2018 .
David also advises a number of Family Business’s on transitional issues and their specific governance and constitutional structures .He focuses on ensuring that the next generation engage in helping to develop Family Vision and its Values and that there is engagement through employment and acting as a responsible shareholder ,obtaining buy in through the development of educational programmes and were appropriate guides on how next generations are appointment to relevant committees .
David is also a Non - executive Director in 2 family companies and a trustee in a number of Family Trusts . He is the Non-executive Chair of Western Pensions Solutions , part of the Vestey Family Group . Western Pension Solutions are specialist in advising Family companies on the increasingly important matter of de risking their Defined Benefit Pensions problems .
Outside of his Family Business roles David maintains an in-depth understanding of areas that affect family companies through his roles with the CBI , as the Deputy Chair of the York ,North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP ) and Chair of the Regional infrastructure Board . He is also a member of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Advisory Board and Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee of the University of York .
David is also a trustee in a number of charitable trusts including the Chair of St Leonards Hospice in York .