Now residing in Whangamata, Dave has been living with MS for about 12 years.
Dave had been physically active his entire life and involved with sport and Judo as a coach, participant and club principal. He enjoyed a 22 year career as an officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy. His life was somewhat turned around with his diagnosis of MS. Being forced to retire from the Navy and his Judo club he spent a few years working for a disability support service whilst coming to terms with his diagnosis. Making some significant life changes, Dave was able to adjust to living with MS. He is now a co-owner and director of Blanchard NZ and enjoys helping people and organisations flourish by equipping leaders at all levels with the skills and tools to maximise their performance and engagement.
Dave likes to keep mobile and as fit as possible and frequents his local gym most mornings; on Sunday mornings, he can usually be found at the town market, entertaining the locals with his guitar and microphone.
Dave volunteered to join the MS Waikato Board of Trustees, because he felt he had some skills and experience to offer and, after being a member of MS Waikato for several years, he is looking forward to being part of the governance team and giving something back.