Dave had supported the ADASS Yorkshire and Humber branch since April 2017 as Programme Director. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer earlier in the year and had only recently taken time off to seek treatment. He leaves behind wife Lynn, and children Jack and Lily – the most important thing in his world: his family. While Covid-19 meant only a small number were able to attend his funeral, it was a testament to him that so many lined the streets to say their farewells, dressed in the colours of his beloved Rotherham United to pay their respects.

Dave very much hated any sort of prejudice and always believed everyone deserved to be listened too and have their views respected and responded too. During his 27 years at Rotherham council, he was a well-respected member of staff and as the manager of a large team, he always led from the front. He always made sure every team member had a bit of “Dave Time” where he would get to know the person and not simply the job they did. Dave also enjoyed his music, boasting an impressive vinyl collection that he continued to add throughout his life, a good curry and pint, Dr. Who, and of course his football.

Remembered for his generosity and passion for his work, many of his colleagues have summed up what he meant to them…

Jackie Scantlebury, Safeguarding Adults Board Manager at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council remarks that “he was 1 in a million, my best mate and the best boss ever.”

Cath Roff, ADASS Trustee and Director at Leeds Council, said of Dave: “He had phenomenal organisation skills and supported us brilliantly - managing complexity and a changing sea of DASSs with professionalism and always a smile. He supported me in my role as regional lead for safeguarding and led on a ground-breaking piece of working looking at S42 enquiries as part of the Care Act which was then adopted nationally and informed revised guidance that we were piloting when he went off ill. He was the lynchpin in getting the Standards and Performance Network off the ground and this remains one of the strongest networks in our region.”

Adding to this, Bev Maybury at Bradford Council, noted that “on the day of his appointment, which was early in the day he had started to work the minute he heard he was successful and put in two weeks’ worth of work before he was even on the payroll. He was so supportive with the commissioning group, but my fondest memories are that of his role in the peer reviews we did and our regional dream team, such a loss to us all.”

John Skidmore, Director at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, also had this to say: “I only met Dave a few years ago, however, the impact he had on me was huge and always extremely helpful.  We developed a very strong and respectful professional relationship. Dave to me was Mr ADASS and we will miss him. However, we will all be strong and take forward the great branch work and team in his memory, thank you for all you did Dave to support and influence positively hundreds of thousands of people across Yorkshire and the Humber. A great guy.”

In keeping with Dave’s kind-spirited and generous nature, his family is working with Rotherham United to honour his legacy with a scheme to help underprivileged children play football and have access to football equipment and coaching called Rodney’s Reds. Donations are very much welcome.