David Gosnell OBE

Independent Non-Executive Director

David Gosnell
Position Independent Non-Executive Director1
Nationality British
Tenure Appointed 2 March 20152
Committees Chair of Nomination Committee
Chair of Remuneration Committee
Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Key skills and experience

  • Strong and deep supply and procurement background in global multi-national companies
  • International and strategic mindset

External appointments

Was previously Chairman of Old Bushmills Distillery Company Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Brambles Ltd. David retired from Diageo plc in 2014 where he had most recently held the role of President of Global Supply and Procurement. Prior to joining Diageo, David spent 25 years at HJ Heinz in various operational roles.


David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Middlesex University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET). He has completed Supply Chain Manufacturing – Drive Operational Excellence at INSEAD (Singapore).


1David Gosnell will succeed Mike Clasper as Chairman of the Board in May 2021.

2Date of appointment to Coats Group plc.