Dave managed music programming at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, has run a booking agency and organised music festivals (currently artistic director Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival and part of the management of Lunchtime Live gigs in Hope Street Chapel, Hebden Bridge).
He also stage manages at 8-12 music festivals each year. Has managed community facilities in Oldham, Salford, Bury, Bolton and managed Oldham Athletic FC Community programme football team in early 1990s.
Dave has organised a variety of events including gigs, community consultation projects, community visioning and conferences. In the 1970s, he worked as a journalist on local press and wrote record/gig reviews for ‘Melody Maker’.
He qualified as a teacher in 1981 and worked throughout the 1980s to mid 90s in further and community education, teaching various courses from Sociology GCSE and A level to 16-19 years old before moving on to adult education as a tutor organiser and community centre manager.