David Newlands, Chairman

David Newlands is a chartered accountant who has had an extensive business career. He is currently chairman of HellermannTyton plc and various other private companies. Previously, David was a partner in Deloitte, finance director of GEC plc, chairman of Tomkins plc, Britax International plc, PayPoint plc, Darty plc and Impress Cooperative UA. In Scotland, he was deputy chairman of Standard Life and a director of the Weir Group plc. His philanthropic interests included chairing the trustees for The Royal School for the Blind (SeeAbility). He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy.

David moved south many years ago but regularly returns to Edinburgh to see his daughters and grandchildren and to watch rugby and play golf. When he saw the current condition of Raeburn Place, David was saddened that it had fallen into such a poor state and he jumped at the chance to help.