Dave is a highly skilled expedition leader with over 30 years experience of climbing in the mountains, including some of the highest in the world. His expertise was developed whilst serving in the Army’s Physical Training Corps, leading personnel within the British Services. This included extensive work with elite units such as the Special Air Service (SAS). During his 24 year Army career Dave served as a Senior instructor in mountain training centres around the world.

With numerous expeditions to his name, including 14 to the Himalayas, Dave has developed a strong understanding of what it takes to lead a variety of teams in challenging situations from first time novices to high performing teams. He continues to be involved in organising and leading expeditions.

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In 2006 Dave led a team of elite climbers on a groundbreaking expedition aiming to become the first British team to climb the formidable and rarely attempted West Ridge of Mount Everest. Dave conceived, planned and led the expedition as well as being a strong member of the climbing team himself.

Only dedicated teamwork, effective leadership and determination gave the team any chance of success.

This highly publicised expedition earned Dave an MBE, presented by the Queen, for his outstanding leadership. It was also filmed and used as part of the most successful recruiting campaign the Army has ever produced. It was also turned into a televised documentary; Everest: Man v. Mountain.

Dave left the Army in 2008 and after a 2 year stint working in the Alps, he joined Carnegie Great Outdoors at Leeds Beckett University.

Currently the Outdoor Development Manager he is involved in a wide variety of work including operating as the Head of Training and Development for The Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre; a £30 million 10 year project delivering outdoor adventurous activities and adaptive sport to wounded, injured and sick service personnel. This is a unique project that Dave has been involved in since its conception in 2011 and he has the privilege of recruiting and managing the team of specialist coaches who deliver the programmes.

Dave is also involved in delivering experiential leadership and team development programmes to a variety of clients ranging from internal departments within the University to global organisations.


He has since contributed to and edited a book; ‘Mountaineering: Training and Preparation‘, published by Human Kinetics.

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