David Cruickshank

Partner and Former Chairman, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited


David Cruickshank is currently an adviser to Deloitte’s global organisation, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. He was elected Global Chair from 2015 to 2019 and served on the Global Board for a total of 12 years. He was Chair of the UK firm from 2007 – 2015. Throughout his career, he has advised international corporate clients and some other private sector organisations.

Prior to becoming UK Chairman in 2007, David led Deloitte’s tax practice in the UK for eight years, during which time he was a member of the firm’s Executive Group and a member of our global organisation’s tax management group. He specialised in international tax on qualification with the firm in our Edinburgh office in 1982 and became a partner in 1988. He is a Scottish Chartered Accountant and a graduate in business and economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Outside the firm, David is a co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), a Board Member of the Social Progress Imperative (a US based organisation that produces the country by country Social Progress Index) and, in the UK, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Education and Employers charity.