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David Sproul

Independent Board Director & Advisor

London, UK

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David Sproul’s Biography

David Sproul is an experienced Advisor & Board Director. He is currently Chair of Starling Bank and a board member of London First.

For over 30 years David held key leadership roles at Deloitte and a predecessor firm, Andersen. Until May 2021 he was Deloitte’s Global Deputy Chief Executive where he headed up the Global Client & Business Executive which oversees and sets strategy, and serves as the decision-making body for all client and business matters.

As Chief Executive & Senior Partner of Deloitte UK and NW Europe, David was the driving force behind bringing together over 30,000 employees across nine countries to help respond to the changing needs of Deloitte’s clients. Since the beginning of his career at Deloitte, David has focused on ensuring that the vision of the company is defined by the impact it has on the success and reputation of their clients. He has also played a key role in the creation of Deloitte Digital and the expansion of the firm’s operations in Switzerland.

During his tenure at Deloitte, David led the One Deloitte campaign where he extended the company’s real estate services and explored growth opportunities. In addition, David was responsible for launching the UK Futures campaign, which provides a platform for debate on the challenges affecting the UK economy as well as the role of business in wealth creation.

Renowned for his ability to reshape business platforms, David was appointed Managing Partner for Talent UK, where he instituted the foundations of the company’s approach to talent today.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements, David was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Hertfordshire.

David is a travel, cycling and motor racing enthusiast.

David Sproul’s Newsfeed

Former Deloitte boss set to chair Starling Bank

David Sproul, the former chief executive of Deloitte UK, is scheduled to take over as chairman of challenger bank Starling.

Covid-19 will change business forever, says Deloitte chief

David Sproul, Deloitte’s global deputy chief executive, told City A.M. that rapid changes in working habits and use of technology since the pandemic outbreak would likely never be reversed.

David Sproul’s Background

Starling Bank
Oct 2021 - Present
London, UK
Founded by Anne Boden in 2016, Starling Bank is a digital challenger bank headquartered in London. David Sproul began his tenure with the bank in July 2021 as Chair Designate, and became Chair in October.
Global Deputy Chief Executive
Jun 2019 - May 2021
London, UK
David sits on the Global Executive & leads the Global Client & Business Executive, serving as the decision making body for overall Deloitte Client & Business matters.
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Other Business Interests

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Leadership Council
Jul 2015 - Present
London, UK
Advisory Council Member
Jan 2010 - Present
London, UK
Created in 2010 to promote UK financial services in the UK and internationally.
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Current Board Positions

London First
Board Member
Jan 2018 - Present
London, UK
London First is a business advocacy organisation whose goal is to make London the best place to do business in the world. Over the years, they have enlisted the help of the business community to find practical answers to London's problems.


The City View: A Daily Podcast
May 2020
London, UK
Christian May is joined by the deputy head of Deloitte worldwide, David Sproul, who questions whether businesses will ever fully return to offices after the coronavirus pandemic.

David Sproul’s Education

University of Hertfordshire
Accountancy Foundation, Accounting
1980 - 1981