Founder-Director of The Beat Initiative (1993) and the annual Belfast Carnivals, David established the Beat Carnival Centre. His vision was to create innovative, large-scale, celebratory arts programmes, in collaboration with carnival arts companies around Britain, Ireland and in Europe. David was active in developing social and arts projects through the civil turmoil and trouble of the 80s and 90s in Belfast, where the carnival work has proven to be a significant force for positive change in the city and civil society. Passionately believing that participation through carnival opens opportunities in education, job creation, self esteem, skills training and cross-community and intercultural communication, David has driven Beat to be Northern Ireland's carnival arts company and one of Belfast City’s flagship arts companies. Leading Beat through the current challenges and changes, David is working to consolidate a Carnival Arts Centre of Excellence in Belfast with an international profile.
Passionate about the power of creative networks, David is a long-time member of Trans Europe Halles, a European Network of Independent Cultural Centres that connects cultural actors, and was a council member of Banlieues d'Europe, a resource centre of cultural and artistic innovation in Europe that brought together 300 international active partners and 5000 contacts in Europe. He's also a member of NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, a membership and representative umbrella body for the entire voluntary and community sector of Northern Ireland.