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He set up Norton Partners in 1980 as a fee-based financial planning business. He was chairman of the IFP between 1993 and 1996 and was president between 1996 and 1998, serving on the board until September 2004. He was acknowledged as a respected international financial planner and is credited with playing a leading role in the development of financial planning as a profession. IFP chairman Nick Cann says: “David was passionate about putting the client’s interests first as being a driver for the way he built not only his client relationships but as a way of life. David was a lovely man who always had time to listen and to make positive suggestions. “He was always interested in others’ opinions and contributions, even if they differed from his own. David leaves a huge hole and will be greatly missed by many people.” He leaves a wife and two children.