Boardroom Advisor



Big Business Experience


Dunedin Canmore Group

Small Business Experience

Lasting Impact Ltd

Useful Publications


Dave’s experience stretches from bootstrap start-ups to the boardroom.  His professional background is in property management and regeneration, and his private business interests include printing, catering, property, coaching and training.

As a certified coach and trainer Dave specialises in personal productivity and effectiveness. He has created and developed a range of accredited programmes that enable individuals and teams to achieve their full potential.

Dave thrives on challenge and has accumulated a number of business battle scars from both successful ventures, and others that provided learning opportunities. He is now employing this experience to help other businesses scale and grow.


  • Accredited Practitioner – TTI Success Insights
  • Diploma in Coaching – UK College of Personal Development
  • Prince 2 Project Management
  • Masters in Business Administration – Edinburgh Napier University
  • PG Diploma in Housing – University of Stirling
  • BA (Honours) Politics – University of Huddersfield

KeyAreas of Expertise

  • Critical assessment and understanding of business needs
  • Evaluation of challenges and treats and opportunities
  • Identification and analysis of operating styles, motivators, and emotional intelligence.
  • Strategic direction and goal setting
  • Transfer of strategy into accountable action
  • Alignment of individual, team and organisation objectives


Developed a specialism for personal productivity, created double accredited training programmes for individuals and teams, established UK client base for training and international client base for coaching

Identified niche market within the catering and hospitality sector, established online sales channels, processing & distribution capabilities, and marketing activities, achieved consistent year on year growth

Developed and delivered a range of skills training on subjects including conflict, negotiation, networking, convincing proposals, effective pitching, time management and creative problem solving

Worked with the board from start-up stage to establish strategic direction, created and delivered nationwide stakeholder engagement programme, developed ‘bespoken’ an award winning and self-supporting community of expertise in the independent living sector.

Restructured team and created new business strategy in response to the loss of £6m funding stream, established funding and business partnerships with local authorities across Scotland

Delivered more than 40 projects producing a range of social, economic and environmental benefits, secured just under half a million pounds in project funding, established two thriving social enterprises