Strategy

My approach to strategy avoids the limitations of convention by deliberately avoiding them. We work in unfamiliar but inspiring environments, revive simple techniques like listening and empathy. We create conversations that empower everyone. We make time. We learn new ways to stay focussed and to dig deep. We turn our phones off.

I develop strategies for:

Change campaigns: to catalyse and support organisational and social change;

Stakeholder engagement: to encourage involvement and deepen environmental advocacy;

Product development: to align products and services with social and environmental standards and ethics;

Wild interface: to make experiences of wild places sustainable and lead to pro-environmental behaviour;

I was greatly impressed by the depth of Dave’s expertise, insights and empathic connection to the landscape as he led our group of wild lawyers through the wilderness of the Knoydart Peninsula in Scotland.

Cormac Cullinan
Cullinan & Associates

Dave is an exceptional practitioner, teacher and thinker. We worked together for three years; if the right project came along, I’d have no hesitation in asking Dave to work with me.

Osbert Lancaster
Natural Change Limited

Dave’s deft touch can be found as traces of invisible thread through many of Eden Project’s experiential learning programmes. He is a gentle and artful consultant that will help you make the most of the resources you have to hand; be it people, places, kit, knowledge, or time. He is equally capable of directing you, unblocking your problems, or simply guiding you towards the right solution for your programme needs.

Dan Ryan
Eden Project

Dave has worked with me and my team for the past few years on team dynamics, programme design, and personal mentoring. He is an extraordinary trainer, though that word is a dis-service here, his wealth of experience in the broad fields of outdoor education and facilitated wild experiences is un-paralleled. His attention to detail, subject knowledge, and impeccable research means all learning experiences with him are enlightening, thought provoking, and deeply practical.

Dan Ryan
Eden Project