About Us

Established in 2009 by David Brands to provide manufacturing and service businesses with business consultancy and coaching services, from his wide experience and expertise building and running both SME’s and multinationals. We have provided short term crisis support and longer term consultancy to simply improve performance and profit generation.

David started as a graduate electrical engineer in 1982 with GEC (Alstom), and rapidly progressed to become Group Managing Director, in charge of manufacturing and sales units in the UK, North and South America, South Africa, Australia, India and continental Europe. Along the way David benefited from excellent business training, which he honed in many line management roles in engineering, sales, marketing, manufacturing and corporate strategy.

He left Alstom to lead and perform a venture capital backed, management buyout of a niche automotive components company in 2000, and further acquired its much larger competitor in 2006. Following successful integration and performance improvements, this MBO was successfully exited in 2008.
David is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET,  a Member of the Institute for Turnaround, and carries Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance while performing coaching and consulting activities.



Click below to find out more about each of the services that we can procide for you and your business

Business Strategy
Profitable Growth
Due Diligence
Project Management
Project Management
Project ‘Scope Creep’ Solution
Non-Executive Director


  • VB
    Private Care Home Group

  • Name withheld for confidentiality
    Managing Director
    Construction Industry Manufacturer

  • Peter Woolrich
    Exec. Chairman
    Acrastyle Ltd

  • Owner
    Manufacturing Company



David Brands of Coppenhall Consulting was delighted to have won two awards in the Institute for Turnarounds’ annual awards in November 2018.

The first was for “SME Turnaround of the Year”, for a Turnaround of a Care Home Group, and pictured here with the owner of the Group and Gareth Williams of Barclays Business Support who introduced David to the care home group and the award was presented by Steve Swayne, Chairman of the IFT. This was a real accolade, especially given that the other nominees were from incredibly strong and capable teams from the big four accountancy firms and other turnaround teams.

This first award was then joined by a second, some 10 minutes later, when it was announced that David was the winner of the “SME Turnaround Professional of the Year” award, for his success in both the above care home project and in another 2018 project involving a manufacturing SME, where he had stepped in as Interim MD to reverse its fortunes and return it to profitable growth.

“Receiving such recognition from the turnaround industry’s crème de la creme, and against such incredibly strong competition, is a truly humbling and delightful experience.”

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If you would like more information or to find out how we can help your business then we’d love to hear from you.

Coppenhall Ltd. Trading as Coppenhall Consulting
Ryecroft Coppenhall, Near Stafford
Staffordshire, ST18 9BW
Mob:  +44 (0)7881 624516
Tel:     +44 (0)1785 257877
E:        david@coppenhall.com

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