Founder, Aurora Prime Real Estate

David has established Aurora Prime Real Estate Limited to focus on a new dawn emerging in Belfast. He believes that the ingredients are in place for a transformation in Northern Ireland’s capital city returning it in a modern day context to what it was a century ago – a hive of industry, creativity and wealth formation. Aurora is seeking to raise £100m locally and internationally to invest in Grade A office space in Belfast.

Previously he was Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter Limited, having been the Executive Director of Quintain Estates and Development plc, responsible for the specialist fund management business which focussed on residential healthcare, student accommodation, science parks and niche secondary property. Prior to that, David was Chief Executive of Strategic Investment Board Limited advising Ministers in Northern Ireland on the infrastructure programme across the region. He has extensive experience in project and tax based finance and was a Director of Hambros Bank in the City of London.

David is currently Chair of the MAC. He is a former Chair of the Regional CBI (2016-2018) and remains a Non-executive Director of CBI across the UK. He has a number of other interests in the charitable and community based sectors; he is passionate about our obligation to tackle climate change, by reducing our carbon footprint.

He has a degree in Economics and Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin having had his secondary education at Blackrock College, Co Dublin. David is married to Helen O’Malley and together they have 8 children (four boys, four girls) ranging in ages from 28 to 7 years old! He now lives in the centre of Belfast, where Helen runs one of the best restaurants in Ireland, Bo Tree Kitchen on University Avenue.