David Mathie

Executive Editorial Advisor

Kurrajong, NSW, Australia

David Mathie is an internationally recognized project management expert. Born in Hornsby, NSW, Australia he is currently an executive consultant and a director of two US companies: PM World Inc and PM World Services Inc.  Trained in electronics, David held engineering and management positions in industry before turning to management consulting; he developed his management & consultancy skills across different industrial sectors (including aerospace & defense, oil & gas and resorts & hospitality) and cultural environments in many countries (Great Britain, Czech & Slovak Republics, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, USA). Fluent in Italian, he also speaks conversational French, German & Dutch and some Russian.

He is currently providing project financing and development services in Australia and management consulting to private industry in Europe. Briefly, David was headhunted from Marconi (UK) to Phillips (NL) in 1969. From there he went to Paris (FR) in 1971 where he set up a small Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) company contracting to Phillips, Hewlett-Packard & Panavia. In 1972 he was headhunted to assist the Italian Government develop a systems support organization to manage their avionics portion of the Tornado (MRCA) program. He subsequently built up an ILS consultancy practice in Italy, which was sold in 1980.

From 1976 to 1984 he helped develop the Artemis Project Management Information System, developed the Italian market and assisted in international sales efforts; when Artemis was sold he remained a consultant (sales, management & training) until early 1987. He built up an Italian-based, boutique international management consultancy practice (Consulenza Project Management – CPM) from 1978 to 1994, which was sold to the Italian practice of Ernst & Whinney in mid-1989. He was a partner in Reconta Ernst & Young (REY) and, in 1993, Ernst & Young Consultants (Italy) was formed, with David as a founding partner.

David resigned from E&Y and returned to Australia in December of 1996 for family reasons. He formed Mathie Pells & Associates (MPA) in early 1997.  An IPMA (formerly INTERNET) Member since 1978, David was a founding Member of the Italian Association of Project Management in 1984.  He served on the board from 1984 to 1995 and as Chairman from 1987 to 1989.  He also served on the Board of ANIMP (Associazione Nazionale Impiantistica – Italian National Association of the Engineering & Construction Industry) from 1987 to 1995.  He was an IPMA Vice President from 1991 thru 1994.  David is a Life Member of the Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE); Foundation Member of the SOLE Northern Italy Chapter (1976); and is Listed in Who’s Who Italy 1993. 

He is widely known for having significantly contributed to the development of the Project Management profession in Italy.  He has also been a member of the Project Management Institute (off and on) since 1987.  David has published many articles and papers on Project Management and Management By Projects in Italian, and organized Italian and International Congresses, Symposia and Round Table Meetings on PM, MBP, CM, ITE and ‘Doing Business in the former Soviet Union’.