Studied Agriculture at Reading University, followed by a PhD at Wye College. On leaving University Dave joined the East of Scotland Agricultural College and moved to Dumfries in 1982, subsequently as Head of The Dairy Research and Innovation Centre (Crichton Royal Farm) and then Head of Agriculture and Business Management Dept. at SRUC retiring in 2021.
Dave has focussed on knowledge transfer and training both within the UK and in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently Chair of The Hannah Dairy Research Foundation and a member of the Scottish Dairy Growth Board. Dave is a Nuffield Farming Scholar; he is a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management and of the Royal Agricultural Societies.