David studied commercial computer programming in the Dublin Institute of Technology before going on to found Systems Solutions in 1987, to develop software for the pharmacy sector in Ireland. He grew that business through acquisition to become the largest indigenous healthcare software company in Ireland. It was rebranded Helix Health in 2006, after it acquired Medicom and Health One, and it then embarked on a roll up strategy in the UK acquiring and integrating businesses such as Pharmasys, DGL and SafeScript. The business was sold to Eli Global in 2014.
In 2011 he became a shareholder of Smiles Dental Group, a small Irish dental business, and joined the Board to lend his technical and commercial expertise. He was involved in the Smiles acquisition of James Hull in 2012, which turned that business into one of the largest private dental groups in the British Isles with 1,200 staff and a turnover in excess of £50m per annum. The business was sold to Oasis Dental in 2014
He is currently a director and shareholder in Global Shares plc (developing software for the management and trading of employee share options) and Marketfinder (developing software to monitor and increase customer conversion rates on websites) as well as BB’s Coffee and Muffins (with 50 locations across Ireland and the UK).
With his wife, Sue, and a group of investors they recently acquired Hazelwood House in Sligo and are planning to build one of the largest single malt whiskey distilleries in Ireland, as well as a premium tourism business.
Finally, he is about to launch a new Private Equity Fund targeting Irish SME’s looking for equity investment for growth purposes in the €5m range.