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 last decade through his current CEO position and other governance roles and responsibilities. As a volunteer, David has been President (7yrs), and currently is the Vice President of a local 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) most recently in 2015 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): 

  • 2003-­ present: Company Secretary, Central Western Qld Remote Area Planning and Development Board 
  • July 2013 to present: Director of RAPAD Employment Services Qld 
    RAPAD Employment Services Qld (RESQ) is a joint venture between RAPAD and Employment Services Qld (ESQ), which is delivering the Federal Governments Community Development Program in the Central West and South West region of Qld. The CDP provides a jobs, participation and community-development service in 60 remote regions across Australia. The program supports people to build their skills and get a job or to participate to their capacity in activities that contribute to the strength and sustainability of communities. It also helps remote-­‐area employers to meet their workforce needs and supports communities in remote Australia to plan and build a better future.
  • 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) and Vice President (2014 – present)


  • 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