Dave is the Director and Chief Executive of HOME, and the Director of Culture for Manchester City Council. He has worked as an arts professional for over 30 years. He currently leads HOME, a purpose-built 7,500m2 multi art-form venue that opened in May 2015, a project he conceived and led that has attracted almost 2.5m visits since it opened. He is also seconded to Manchester City Council in a part-time role of Director of Culture responsible for advising the Council on policy and strategy for culture.
Dave was awarded a Doctor of Arts honoris causa by the University of Salford, is a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is also an advisor to the British Council and holds a number of non-executive roles on not-for-profit boards.