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Department of Management

Mr David Butler

Mr David Butler



David leads the Strategy and Innovation module on the Senior Leader Apprenticeship and teaches elements of Leadership, Strategy and Risk Management across various programmes.

Away from the University, David works with Senior Leadership Teams and Boards on issues including critical team dynamics and performance, leadership in crisis, business risk management, and the strategy development process.

He has helped organisations develop risk management strategies and make strategic and tactical operating decisions – often under crisis – in markets including Africa and the Middle East, where the business risks are primarily political, integrity, security (including Cyber) or infrastructure based.  His experience covers education, military, government institutions, oil and gas, mining, power, infrastructure, telecoms, financial services, FMCG, retail, and professional services.

He is a former Royal Marines officer and holds a BSc Hons in Astrophysics from UCL, an MBA (Dist) from Warwick Business School, and a Master’s in Finance from London Business School.

In his spare time, David enjoys leading groups, including Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions, into the mountains of North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland.  He is a keen mountaineer and holds a Summer Mountain Leader qualification and a British Cycling MTB Level 2 Leader.


MBA (Warwick), MiF (LBS), PGCertE, BSc Astrophysics (UCL)


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Research interests

  • Crisis Leadership & Team Dynamics
  • Crisis Decision-making in Boards of Directors 

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