Dave is a former HR Manager who worked with East Dunbartonshire Council. Prior to this he had a range of manager roles in Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow Councils before specialising in more Personnel related roles. On leaving school Dave read chemistry and geology at Glasgow University before leaving to join Rentokil Ltd (pest control division) on a Junior Executive training scheme.
He has a Master of Science in Personnel Management and a Diploma in Management Services. He is also a Certified Employment Law paralegal and is a member of the association of Directors of Education in Scotland
In his younger days Dave was heavily involved in youth organisations and was a keen footballer and table tennis player before moving on to squash. His two children have both been heavily involved with sporting activity in the West Dunbartonshire area and his son continues with involvement in a local youth organisation.