For 29 years Dave has worked as a coal miner in the coal fields of Durham and South Yorkshire. Since 1979 he has been the elected NUM Branch Delegate for Hatfield Colliery. In 1994/5 he became Branch Secretary at Hatfield Main but after the pit was privatised the NUM no longer had any recognition there. In 1994 he opened the Miners Community Advice Centre in Stainforth so that he may help the people from the mining community – working miners, ex-miners and their widows and dependants. The centre also acts as a political, sociological and Trade Union Centre, taking up the causes affecting the Mining Industry and Mining Community.