Dan has worked in the sector for over a decade and now runs SLS, Leisure Litigation Blog, and provides sport, leisure, and facility safety advice to several bodies in the sport, recreation, and physical activity sector.

Dan is a Director and UK representative to the International Life Saving Federation of Europe (ILSE) and sits on several assurance boards for chartered bodies, including CIMSPA, IEMA, and IOSH. He also supports his local branch of the NAS. Dan has held a variety of other part-time roles including as an archivist, doctoral research assistant, and a case manager in a legal advice clinic (Housing team).

Dan’s career began as a lifeguard and swimming teacher. Qualifying as an RLSS UK Trainer Assessor, participating in lifesaving sport at university, studying the NEBOSH Certificate part-time, and running the Approved Training Centre at his local pool, facilitated an early transition to a national lifeguarding manager role across 28 pools. After nine months, he was promoted to Head of Health and Safety with responsibility for mixed leisure portfolio of pools, theatres, live events, and community health across 50 sites in the UK.

Dan founded SLS in 2015 before moving to run the business full time in 2017, to enable the flexibility to complete a PhD in Health Science and the academic training to become a barrister. During study, Dan moved into a tutor role at BSI, with a focus initially on health, safety, quality and environmental training. Within six months, the role evolved with a new focus on the provision of facility and service management and enterprise risk management and financial crime. More recently, Dan moved into a management role within the training stream with a focus on commercial strategy and delivery.

Dan has research interests in leisure safety and the impact of inequality on health and education and maintains a busy practice as an expert witness for leisure safety.