Dave has been in the leadership of several successful campaigns to stop the privatisation of Brighton Council’s huge Downland Estate, Worthing Council’s Downland Estate, and Eastbourne Council’s Downland Estate.
He co-led the successful campaign against the privatisation (‘stock transfer’) of the City of Brighton’s council housing (2005-7).
He co-lead the Sussex campaign for the ‘right to roam’ prior to the passing of the CROW Act (Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000) which brought in a right to roam on certain types of ‘open country’ – mountain, moor, heath, down, and common.
He was raised in Hove, and returned to Brighton after 25 years away, largely living in Kings Cross, London. He’s been a public artist (mostly painting murals), a care worker, and a gardener.