David Freeman AM

As a partner and now an active consultant in commercial law firm Abadee, Dresdner & Freeman, David specialises in taxation, estate planning and substantial commercial property financing and development work.

David has been involved communally for more than 30 years, firstly as Vice President of the Wolper Jewish Hospital where he oversaw its conversion from a convalescent facility to a modern surgical hospital. He also served as the Honorary Solicitor for the Jewish Communal Appeal for 15 years.

In 1985, David joined the Montefiore Board, served as Vice President for 8 years and was elected President in 2004.

David has been Chairman of the Montefiore Development Committee since 2000. The Development Committee has been responsible for the successful planning, design and construction of the Randwick Development, a state-of-the-art communal residential aged care facility, accommodating 276 Residents with the capacity to double in size on the Randwick site.

In July 2008, he was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service to the Jewish community.

In 2009, the Randwick development was the recipient of the Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Award and the overall winner of the Emerging Assets category.

The Montefiore Development Committee has subsequently been responsible for the planning, design and approval of the Master Plan for the remainder of the site at Randwick, comprising an additional 300 rooms, and achieving Development Approval for the next stage: a new 90-bed dementia specific wing.

Since 2002, he has been a member of the Montefiore Finance Committee, the group responsible for refining Montefiore’s financial model to maximise cross-subsidisation and the investment of the Montefiore’s substantial financial assets.

During David’s Presidency, the operations of Montefiore have effectively doubled in size and it is now acknowledged as one of the largest benevolent charities in Australia.