David promotes creativity and innovation, providing local networks (Ideas Centres) of like-minded organisations to develop competence in facilitation of creativity through his workshops.

David J Hall was previously Chief Executive of HFL Ltd, a drug surveillance and contract research organisation based in Newmarket – and is now founder and CEO of The Ideas Centre Ltd. A Chartered Engineer, he holds a PhD from Cambridge University Department of Materials Science (1984) and an MBA through the Open University (1995). Since 1984 he has worked in a range of manufacturing, service and technology transfer organisations, holding positions in engineering, marketing and manufacturing management. A passion for creativity and innovation, and a pursuit of the perfect culture, provide a common thread throughout his career to date. The challenge is clear; how to get the every best out of your staff, to truly differentiate the company on that basis of the people. Achievements at HFL include:

  • Winner, Laboratory of the Year 2004
  • Entry into The Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For
  • Winner, East of England Excellence 2005
  • IiP Work-Life Balance Award (2005)
  • IiP Management and Leadership Award (2005)