We are extremely grateful to David Gammond for participating in this interview. David is the CEO of Goldfield Partners Limited, an asset manager for investments in renewable energy technologies.
What got you interested in green energy projects?
Working with Stewart Davies on the formation of his company A Shade Greener Ltd. I was privileged to work with Stewart when he had the idea for free solar on domestic properties and when he raised the first funding.
Which mentor or role model has been most influential in your business life?
Steve Jobs. I used to work in the computer industry when Steve was starting out with Apple. I used to sell his Apple 2 computer to businesses in the UK. I never wanted to look or act like Jobs but his way of doing business has been a guiding light for me for as long as I can remember.
If you were going to do it all again, what would you do differently?
I would not be as conservative and as risk adverse.
What's the worst piece of business advice you've been given?
I was once told to “give it up and get a proper job”. I am glad I stayed the course and ignored that advice.
What single thing would make your life easier?
Wearable tech such as Google Glass but without making me look odd in public.
What would be your dream job if you weren't doing what you do now?
My dream job would be as a Cosmologist. Cosmology is my pet subject. I read everything I can on it and have even written a paper on some of my conclusions.
In a movie of your life story, which actor should play you?
Danny DeVito. He might make people laugh and actually enjoy a film of my life. Otherwise it would be pretty dull even though it seems great to me.
What do you do to relax?
I compose and play music. I have also released various artists on my own record label which is something I really enjoy doing. Besides that I love Netflix!
What's your favourite holiday destination?
Croatia and particularly Rovinj. I love the place.
What advice would you give your 25-year-old self?
My advice would be; “You don't know everything and you never will. Always act on what you know and not what you think you know”.