David Fishel co-founded Positive Solutions in 1990 with Cathy Hunt after managing a wide variety of arts organisations. He has been board member or chair of several cultural organisations and is currently a Council member of QUT and Chair of Creative Enterprise Australia. David has carried out or led many of Positive Solutions consulting projects during the last 20 years, including research projects to inform Government cultural policy, strategic planning for existing cultural organisations, and feasibility studies for new arts facilities both in Australia and overseas.
David has led research projects related to arts funding programs, the Australian dance and young peoples’ theatre sectors, and a Federal Government review of the Australian National Academy of Music and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has undertaken business planning and organisational development for theatres, museums and galleries.
David has written a handbook on Arts Sponsorship and assisted with drafting a guide to Arts-Business Partnerships for the Australia Business Arts Foundation. He is author of The Book of the Board, a handbook for the board members of non-profit organisations (2nd edition published 2008).