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Meet The Team


David Foster

David Foster is the Director responsible for executive search and has been a successful headhunter for 15 years. David takes immense care with all of his clients and candidates and is delighted that some of his clients have been with him since Foster Executive was founded.

Prior to founding Foster Executive in 1997, David worked at Greig Fester as Head of Personnel Development, rising to become the Group Head of Human Resources; he was 'Employee of the Year' in 1996. Prior to joining Greig Fester, David served in the army, including 7 years as an officer in the SAS. 

David has established Foster Executive as a market leader, with a broad client base, covering all major sectors, and has built an excellent reputation for sourcing outstanding leaders and subject matter specialists.

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David Hopley OBE

David Hopley joined Foster Executive in Dec 2010. He is a leadership, management and business consultant, coach and mentor, with over 36 years experience gained from working in both the financial services industry and, more broadly, from a highly successful military career. A motivational leadership speaker, David has worked with a variety of clients from the financial, energy, retail, health care and education sectors, as well as the non-for profit sector. He is affiliated to the US Joint Special Operations University, in Tampa, for which he is accredited as an Operational Fellow.

 An accredited member of the Academy of Executive Coaching, David is a business, personal development and life-style coach. He is also the former co-head for Europe Middle East & Africa of Goldman Sachs’ award winning leadership and development platforms – Goldman Sachs University and Pine Street. His responsibilities there included training, mentoring and development for all levels, up to and including MD & Partner.

During his 30–year military career in the Royal Marine Commandos and UK Special Forces, he served in a variety of appointments, ranging from operational tours with the Special Boat Service, Headquarters UK Special Forces and Joint Forces Headquarters, to staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence and the teaching staff at the Joint Services’ Defence College. He has the unique distinction of receiving the King’s Badge for best recruit under training and the Sword of Honour, for passing out top of his officer course 2 years later. He has also commanded in every rank, and was Commanding Officer of the SBS between 1993-96. Awarded an OBE for in 1994, his last appointment before retiring on July 2005 was Deputy Commander, UK Special Forces.

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Caroline Goodman

Caroline Goodman is a co-founder of Foster Executive. She brings extensive experience gained from working in the public and private sectors and is the Director responsible for research and business development. 

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