Dr Giles Davidson – Project Director, Hull City Leadership Board (on secondment from Hull University)
“Hull is coming out of the shadows and enjoying something of a renaissance. In 2017 it will become UK City of Culture, an accolade awarded every four years, and its City Leadership Board is spearheading implementation of a strategic city plan to transform its future prospects. A particular focus is an aspiration to become a more attractive destination for visitors. To this end, a number of waterfront developments are being considered, including a new city-centre cruise berth and terminal. David put together a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to undertake a comprehensive market and feasibility appraisal for this project and was successful in bidding through a formal tender process.”
“It has been a genuine pleasure working with David and the team. His approach is flexible, collegiate and pragmatic, delivering high quality output informed by detailed and insightful knowledge of the industry. He chose a very appropriate and able team and co-ordinated the work with skill and diligence. Adapting to our needs as they evolved through the study, David drove the project forward without the need for client prompting. As a result the team was very low maintenance compared with some consultants I have worked with! The result was a very usable report providing a thorough, practical and realistic appraisal of the options and opportunities for Hull.”
Elisabetta De Nardo – Director of Port Operations, Silversea Cruises
David came to see Silversea Cruises in early 2016 on behalf of the ports/cities of Rouen in France and Turku in Finland. I was only going to stay for 10 minutes due to other commitments, but the wide range of information provided, the objective approach and analysis, and even a navigation simulation, combined with David’s usual enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the subject, meant that I stayed for nearly an hour.
I see many presentations from port and destination representatives, but rarely do I see any that are as specifically targeted or relevant to Silversea
Dominic Paul – Senior Vice President, International, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, and Managing Director, RCI Cruises Ltd.
“Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises have enjoyed unprecedented growth in Europe over recent years. In order to help ensure we were maximising the commercial opportunities the expansion created, David was brought in to make core recommendations affecting a range of commercial areas both from a shore-side and on-board perspective, as well as to validate existing decisions. These were then fed into current yield and future planning models.
David’s down to earth style enabled him to work effectively with people across the organisation. The feedback session was well attended by senior management and we were very satisfied with the outcome.”
Bo Nylandsted Larsen – Former Managing Director, Cruise Baltic Destination Network
“David ran an itinerary planning workshop for the port and destination members of the Cruise Baltic Port and Destination Network to support the understanding of the on-going challenges for cruise lines in creating optimal itineraries for their guests.
In terms of feedback it was rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 from all the participants, which proves that it was not only interesting and relevant, but also delivered really well. Rarely have I seen such interaction in our group and it is still being talked about long after the event”.
Susannah Daley, Managing Director, The PEEL Entertainment Group
“PEEL started as a family business in 1999 and is now a substantial entertainment group with four operating divisions, specialising in creating and delivering exceptional show productions for holiday companies and cruise lines both in the UK and overseas.
David worked with PEEL in 2011 on the clarification of strategic direction and in the critique of the new-look PEEL Entertainment Group website. His insight was both honest and fair on all counts and he was able to identify web refinements that insiders working day-to-day didn’t see. Working with David is always fun and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others. In fact, we are working again in 2015 on a completely new area of business development.”
Lars Bech and Ole Brondum, Visit Aalborg and Aalborg Havn
Aalborg is Denmark’s 4th largest city and is situated in the north of the country and between UK and the countries bordering the Baltic Sea. David was asked to review Aalborg’s proposition to cruise lines in order to target an increase in the number of cruise ship calls to the city in 2014 and beyond.
It is fair to say that he opened our eyes to new possibilities in relation to cruise lines’ itineraries, the creation of new shore-excursion experiences and in enhancing the existing offering. His feedback report was both clear and thorough and used with our existing knowledge, extremely helpful. Two years on, Aalborg continues to grow
Malcolm Wilkes – Global Director, Software and Training, Continental Data Graphics (CDG)
CDG specializes in helping engineering and manufacturing organizations maximize efficiency by providing technical lifecycle services and software solutions, mainly in the aviation, aerospace, and defense industries. Following the Costa Concordia tragedy, we saw a potential opportunity to apply some of our analytics and safety software currently employed successfully in aviation, into the passenger shipping arena.
David carried out a feasibility study to assess current usage and levels of sophistication amongst cruise and ferry operators, identify CDGs key competitors in the field, and assess the potential for CDGs product and services for the future. However, even before the feasibility study was complete, David was able to arrange a meeting between CDG and Carnival Corp and PLC’s Maritime Policy and Compliance team, based on initial discussions about CDG. CDG is operating self-sufficiently currently, and we would have no hesitation in contacting David to help with strategic next steps.