David Friend - Group Financial Controller
David joined the SBL Team in July 2011, bringing with him a wealth of local and international Chartered Accountant experience. After being in public practice for several years, David ventured overseas for close on 10 years, working in South Africa, the United Kingdom and for the longest time (6 years) in Bermuda. At SBL, David has a focus on not just the numbers but is responsible for maintaining the strong financial controls needed to operate a successful business that is growing it’s market share.
Born and bred in Oamaru, David is a mainlander at heart hence when he returned to New Zealand from his extended OE, he and his Canadian wife Paula, chose Christchurch as their home. Now with their son Liam (born in 2008) they are very much committed to staying.
Within the team he is known for his positive energy, clever wit and most importantly talent and dedication to the work he does. David works tirelessly with the best interests of both SBL and clients at heart and keeps his door constantly open and welcomes questions from staff and clients alike.
Outside of work, David is an avid sports supporter, budding chef and will give anything competitive a try. He has a strong interest in sailing and represented Bermuda while he was living there.