Introducing David Harding BSc MRICS.
As a man of Kent, David started his career at 14 years of age working for Boots the Chemist in Hythe filling shelves after school and, while still at school, he worked his way up to being in charge of the wine making kit department, thus sparking an interest in wine that remains today. Then, on leaving school with CSEs he worked for Hythe Plant Services, which was great fun as he was let loose on the JCBs.
His first full time employment was with a firm of surveyors based in Kent and while a trainee he continued his education at Canterbury Tech, gaining an HNC in construction and surveying. He then gave up employment to be a full time student in Leicester where he achieved a BSc in Building Surveying. His next two positions were with The British Shoe Corporation and then The Burton Group where his continued promotion saw him looking after their property portfolio in southern England, including the Chairman’s and board members’ properties.
He left the Burton Group in the late eighties to successfully build a Chartered Surveyors practice with offices around Kent. After some 25 years he decided to develop his exit strategy from the business and chose to engage Advice 4 Business to help him achieve this aim.
Having been impressed with their system and the professional guidance that helped him to sell his business, this being unusual in that profession, he chose to join A4B as a partner and so develop his long held ambition to help other business owners achieve their goal, whether that be to improve their business or retire.
In his earlier years David became involved with local groups such as Rotary and, more recently, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, taking on the role of President and Chair respectively. He has now managed to bring his number of Jaguars down from 4 to 2 which is a more manageable number to play with. His favourite car being the 1986 XJ-SC that has taken him and his wife Jane on many European trips through Italy, Germany, Spain and France.
A large proportion of his time is spent working with local schools as a Director of an Academy and Chair of a local Junior School board of governors, which he freely admits is a very rewarding, if challenging, responsibility.
One of his other great passions is working with Jane on their 1 acre garden, with their most recent project being the creation of a wildlife pond in place of a redundant swimming pool. Just be careful when he has the pruners in his hand as no shrub is safe.