David Arnold

David Arnold and DEEDI representatives

David Arnold


David Arnold is the CEO of RAPAD, a position he has now held since 2003. Through RAPADs administration of the Rural Financial Counseling Service, David is also the CEO of Rural Financial Counseling Service North Qld.

As a partner in RAPAD Employment Services Qld David is also a director of RESQ, which delivers the Federal Governments Community Development Program. David is also the Deputy Chairman of the Central West Hospital and Health Service (CWHHS), chair of its executive committee and member of the audit & risk committee, since its inception in 2012, and member of its finance committee since 2016.  RAPAD is a Registered Training Organisation which David has ultimate responsibility for.  David has considerable experience in senior management and company directorship, gained over the past two decades through his current CEO position and his other governance responsibilities. As a volunteer, David has been President (7yrs), Vice President and remains a member of the Longreach Home and Community Care entity, which delivers care to the frail, aged elderly and disabled. 

David has undertaken multiple governance training programs, through the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CEO leadership training (Leading for Strategic Success) through the highly recognized Mt.Eliza Business School and negotiation skills training through Clayton Utz solicitors. David manages or is a director of both, for-profit and not-for-profit entities. David brings leadership, commercial acumen, finance and governance skills.

Committees / Boards (current and most recent): 

  • 2018 - present: Committee member, Regional Development Australia Central and Western Qld
  • 2003-­ present: Company Secretary, Central Western Qld Remote Area Planning and Development Board 
  • July 2013 to present: Director of RESQ 
  • July 2018 to present: Chair of RESQ Plus
  • August 2012 – present: Deputy Chairman of Central West Health and Hospital Service
  • August 2012 – present: Chair, Executive Committee, Central West Health and Hospital Service 
  • August 2012 – present: Member, Audit & Risk Committee, Central West Health and Hospital Service
  • 2016 - present: Member, Finance Committee, Central West Health and Hospital Service
  • 2011 – 2015: Committee member of Regional Development Australia, Fitzroy and Central West
  • 2007 – present: Longreach Home and Community Care, President (2007 – 2014) 


  • Swinburne University of Technology: Post Grad Cert, Science -­‐ Strategic Foresight
  • University of Southern Qld: Bachelor of Business 
  • University of Qld: Associate Diploma of Applied Science




Regional Development Australia -­ Fitzroy Central West

  • Governance Training -­ Langdale Consulting

Qld Department of Primary Industries

  • Leadership in Action
  • Building Rural Leaders
  • Belbin Team Roles Training
  • Advanced Policy Writing Skills
  • Facilitation -­ Bob Dick