Now a staple of the On Purpose blog, the People On Purpose series has been running nearly as long as the organisation. It’s yet to achieve the cult status of Desert Island Discs, but the format of seven simple questions is our nod of recognition to the ultimate accolade in someone’s career.
David Walker joined On Purpose’s Advisory Board in 2012 having led Clifford Chance’s pro bono offer to On Purpose since 2011. He is now a partner at international law firm Latham & Watkins. He often delights the On Purpose core team with his quick-fire response to emails, and personally marking-up On Purpose’s important, but rather less lucrative legal papers. We just wish we could be of more help to him when it comes to office chair user manuals.
Why do you do the job you do?
I enjoy the challenge of applying the technical aspects of the law to commercial problems faceed by clients. I specialise in private equity and like working with owner managers of businesses; I am one of the few who believe that private equity can be a force for good
What are you most proud of?
What keeps you awake at night?
Almost nothing can keep me awake at night. I am always exhausted by the time my head hits the pillow
What were you doing 5 years ago?
I was a Partner at international law firm, Clifford Chance
What do you expect to be doing in 5 years’ time?
Continuing to be a Partner at Latham & Watkins, another international law firm, and hopefully contributing to the continued success of On Purpose
If you were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do?
Call my best clients and ask them what they need
Why are you involved with On Purpose?
I find the prospect of having highly motivated, ambitious, talented people working for social enterprises incredibly exciting and believe this will ultimately change the way that charities and other not for profit organisations are viewed in the community
If you’ve an idea of who deserves to be given the People On Purpose treatment, be in touch.