Dave started in the oil business in 1976 with Schlumberger as a field engineer in the Middle East, moving to an HQ position in Paris in 1980. He joined British Gas in the UK in 1982 as a petrophysicist supporting the global exploration asset teams. He left BG from his position as petroleum engineering manager in 1996 to join IBM's E&P Solutions group in a marketing and consulting role associated with the Petrobank development.
In 1998 Dave left IBM to start Flare with a number of colleagues from BG and IBM. His consulting work has covered a wide range of projects from the development of strategic Information Management frameworks, assisting oil companies with digital transformation, through delivery of data management projects to standards and procedures projects.