Dave has multiple years of experience with addiction, mental illness and behavioural disorders, which has lead him to work alongside some of the worlds most recognised organisations in their field, working as a creative consultant, mentor, recovery coach, case manager and training developer.
He has delivered numerous talks to thousands of kids and young adolescents across the UK in schools, pupil referral units, colleges, universities and psychiatric units giving insights from his own lived experience, outlining skills for change and life changing strategies for recovery and a new life of self discovery.
Working with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Dave helped develop training and workshops for their flagship ‘Resilience Program’ for schools. He has carried out teacher training and held multiple parent support groups.
Dave also helped support and facilitate their music program Amy’s Yard, acting as a group mentor to their participants. He also lead group sessions including creative workshops and meditation for Amy’s Place, their residential aftercare safe-house for vulnerable young women.
His involvement with AWF has taken him to London’s City Hall to deliver talks on a Government level, engaging in discussions and debate on Mental Health and Wellbeing.
He went on to set up a partnership with the meditation application Headspace and schools, colleges and universities across the UK. Dave has studied and practiced meditation for many years and has taught it to clients, in schools, pupil referral units, treatment centres and backstage at music festivals.
Dave works internationally as a mentor/recovery coach/case manager to clients, some high profile. He has worked with the prestigious Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland, the world renowned rehabilitation treatment centre.
His work as an experienced adolescent youth mentor and recovery coach led him to work with the uniquely innovative Yes We Can Youth Clinic in the Netherlands. The clinic specialises in treating young adolescents from the age of 13 to 25 with mental health issues, addictions and behavioural problems.
Dave also gives his time freely to charities, having worked backstage at music festivals in ‘Safe Tents’ promoting emotional wellbeing and assisting in recovery pathways.
In early 2019 Dave was invited to join the board of trustees of The Carly Ryan Foundation, Australia. His extensive youth work and experience gained him the seat, having worked closely with the CRFs founder and CEO Sonya Ryan, co-writing her memoirs based on her journey of recovery and self realisation after the tragic murder of daughter Carly.
Together they have consulted in online child safety with the Australian High Commission in London, the Home Office and Houses of Parliament.
Dave has also spoken on behalf of the CRF in schools in Australia on mental healthcare and wellbeing. He continues to raise awareness globally as an advocate for Carly’s legacy.
Dave continually expresses his love of art through painting, creative writing, playing piano, guitar and composing music. A keen photographer, Dave documents his travels capturing the world as he sees it.
He is a keen practitioner of yoga, meditation and tai chi.