Before joining the Force, Dave worked in both the public and private sector as a training instructor.

Before his current role he had a variety of different roles including Head of Crime Standards and Justice, Head of Force Operations, Salisbury Sector Head, County Duty Inspector, Warminster Sector Head and Force Incident Manager. Experience in these posts have given Dave a unique understanding of the challenges around policing rural areas.

He is married and has a young son. Dave was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in the 2020 New Year Honours list.