A personal insight into one of our senior associates, David Attia, by Telegraph & Argus

2 December 2015


Question & answer

David Attia, Senior associate at Chamber International


Where were you born?

Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London


Where did you start your working life?

At the Dunlopillo Division of Dunlop Ltd, based at Pannel in Harrogate, as a foreign correspondant


What were your ambitions - and do you still have any?

 Work hard at something you enjoy and see the world ....


Would you rather be doing something else?

 No, as a part-time associate, I have the best of both worlds.


What do you regard as your biggest achievement?

Helping Dunlopillo win a Queens Award for Export and almost 10 years later winning a Queens Award for Export at Astracast ... and subsequently meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace!


What are your key tips for success?

 Follow your instincts and build a good team around you.


What regrets do you have?



How do you relax?

I enjoy sport, music, travel (now with my wife and friends, rather than work) , the theatre and try to keep as fit as possible.


What are your hobbies / pastimes / outside interests?

Mountain biking, road cycling, walking and I am a lifelong fan of Bradford City AFC (I've seen the highs and lows!)


What is your favourite book, film, play and song?

No specific favourites, but I enjoy live music and going to the theatre.


Who is your hero?

Not sure about a hero but I greatly admire John Simpson, the BBC World editor - what a life he's having.


What do you think of Bradford and its prospects?

It is a really exciting time, there are so many great initiatives taking place across the city that are beginning to make a difference for the long term.


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