Dave joined Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue service in 1994, and has served in a number of positions across the service.
Between April 2013 and July 2017 Dave was seconded to the Fire Strategy and Reform team in the Home Office which leads on the development and coordination of fire and rescue service policy across government. He was the lead fire adviser during development and delivery of the Fire Reform Programme, which included the refreshed fire inspectorate.
In 2017 Dave joined HMICFRS as the Deputy Portfolio Director for the fire team, which developed the fire inspection programme and delivered pilot inspections. Dave took part in the first tranche of inspections before returning to Buckinghamshire in August 2018.
In November 2018 Dave took on the role of Head of Service Delivery, with responsibility for Prevention and Protection, and Operational Response.
Dave is currently on secondment to Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, where he is serving as their Interim Deputy Chief Fire Officer.