Dave is a pioneer and fierce advocate of the creative industries in regional Australia. He has built an enviable reputation as a leader in the Australian film industry and particularly community projects, working with young people promoting film and mental health. He has successfully built two start-ups in Coffs Harbour, SWIFF and Film Outreach which now boast high profile Festival events and programmes to develop film making skills amongst youth and create jobs for talented local creatives.

In his role as Founding CEO, he will lead the BlackLight Collective to build on the momentum of his former successes and embrace timely opportunities for “shining a light” on the creative industries talent on the Coffs Coast and then “start some fires” that will make our region the Creative Industries Capital of Regional Australia.