Dave was born in Stockport and has lived and worked there all his life. He spent 25 years with British Gas starting as an apprentice service engineer at the age of seventeen. Following the privatisation of British Gas he left to start his own business and he had several successful ventures over the next ten years. Dave also worked for over twelve months in the voluntary sector with Age Concern.
First elected to Stockport Council in 1990 a position held for twenty two consecutive years. After a number of executive positions he was elected Leader of Stockport Council in May 2007.
In 2008 Dave completed the Idea Leadership Academy Course and in 2009 the Leeds Castle Senior Leadership Course.
In 2009 under his leadership, Stockport was audited as a 4-star “strongly improving” Council, making it one of the top 10% of authorities across the country, this was without doubt one of Dave proudest moments.
He was a Vice-Chair of Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Vice Chair of the AGMA Executive Board. A Board Member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] a Board Member of Manchester International Airport, a Board Member of MIDAS. Dave was a member of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue committee for over 10 years and was the Liberal Democrat spokesperson regionally and nationally on fire matters until 2007. For the last two years he was a member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority and was Vice Chair of Finance.
Dave was one of the four leaders of Greater Manchester that made the successful presentation to government to obtain the City deal, a billion pound investment in the Greater Manchester region.
Dave was also the first Environment Commissioner for Greater Manchester and a Governor of Stockport School. He is a trustee of the charity, Schools for Kenya, the charity aims to improve the opportunities of children in both primary and secondary education in Kenya. It works in conjunction with the Born Free Foundation.
Still living in Offerton where he is a ward councillor with his wife Helen and Michael his son. Dave’s hobbies include fine wine collecting and watching his beloved Manchester City, and after 44 years of waiting to be crowned champions, these activities are clearly best done together.