Although Dave was born in London, he became a local man when his parents moved to the West Country in the late 1940’s. He had many trips onto Dartmoor in his youth when he was in the scouts. Some of his early memories were visiting Cornwood China Clay works in the early 1950’s, where his father worked as an engineer. Dave studied zoology, botany and geology as a student, and following graduation, worked as a field geologist for Blue Circle Group and ECC Quarries (now Aggregate Industries). He moved into quarry management and operated many quarries in Devon and Cornwall and was involved in quarry design for planning permission submission at several locations. Dave was one of the founding members of Dartmoor Railway and eventually became Safety Director for British American Railway Services (BARS) before retirement in 2010. The railway operations encompassed Dartmoor Railway, Weardale Railway, Devon and Cornwall Railway and RMS Locotec, a railway contracting business.
Dave obtained the Walking Group Leader (WGL) qualification in 2007.
Dave has been a leader for HF Holidays since 2007, Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust since 2012 and a Dartmoor National Guide since 2009.
During his walking career, Dave has had experience in the Derbyshire Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Scotland, Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, SW Coastal Paths, the Cotswolds, Snowdonia, Co. Donegal, France, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Canada, South Africa and the West Indies.