David Forbes-Nixon OBE
David has over 33-years’ experience as an investment banker and fund manager and from 2002-2020 served as Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Alcentra, a leading sub-investment grade asset manager with over $40bn AUM. David was inspired by his disabled son Charlie to set up the DFN Charitable Foundation in 2014 and DFN Project SEARCH in 2018 to make a positive difference to the lives of young people with special educational needs and disabilities. He bought Undershaw, Conan Doyle’s old country house, in 2014 and converted it into the Upper School for Stepping Stones School and obtained the Master Franchise Agreement for Project SEARCH for the UK, Ireland and Iberia in 2018. His vision is to transform the life outcomes of disabled people throughout the country and build a more inclusive and fairer society.