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David Trapnell AKA TRAPS

Director and co-Founder of Appreciating Talent

On graduating from University with a BA in Business Studies, he commenced his career in the leisure sector running his own Ski Chalet business in France. He made his first move to recruitment in 1994, with a leading international recruitment company based in London. In 2005, he took the opportunity to become an integral member of an Australian recruitment business where David was responsible for the organic growth of the Commerce & Industry Accounting practice. He has established himself as a major force in the Sydney market. He resigned in July 2014 to establish Appreciating Talent

David has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist in recruitment and career management. He works exclusively in the disciplines of Finance & Accounting and focuses on recruiting financial professionals in the $150,000 to $500,000 salary range typically anything from CFO, Finance Director, Group Financial Controller, Treasurer, Head of Tax to a Chief Risk Officer.

Examples of recent successful placements:

CFO – ASX Listed Resources Company
CFO – Multinational Pharmaceutical Company
CFO – Global Professional Services Practice
CFO – ASX Listed Property Group
CFO – Multinational Telecoms Group
CFO – Multinational Infrastructure and Engineering Group
CFO – ASX listed FMCG Group
Financial Director – Private Retail Group
Financial Director  – PE backed Media Group
Deputy FD – ASX Listed Retail Group
Deputy FD – Multinational Telecoms Group
Group FC – ASX listed Leisure Group
Group FC – ASX Listed Media Group
Commercial Director – Multinational Construction Group

Commercial Director – ASX Listed Property Group
Head of Financial Plan – PE backed Multinational Education Group
Head of Risk – Global Telecoms Group

Head of Risk – ASX Listed Media Group
Head of Internal Audit – Private Engineering & Infrastructure Group
Head of Treasury – Global Engineering & Infrastructure Group
Treasurer – ASX Listed Resources Group
Head of Treasury – Global Professional Services Group
General Manager (Tax) – ASX Listed Property Group
Head of Tax – Multinational Engineering Consultancy


"I have been fortunate to have had David's assistance whilst recruiting for key Finance roles whilst at Goodman Fielder. David has been quick to understand my requirements and has been able to recommend several suitable candidates where others have struggled. I strongly recommend contacting David should you require experienced Finance professionals for your organisation."

Nick Cavill
Group Planning and Performance Manager at Goodman Fielder