About Dave


Who I am, What I’m Doing and Why

First a little bit of background. I am sixty-nine and exercise regularly. I live in Douglasdale, a northern suburb of Johannesburg, in South Africa. I am Scottish by birth and still a UK citizen, but I came to SA in 1974 so I’m sort of Africanized. The acid test is that when Scotland play rugby against South Africa, I support South Africa.

I went to school in the west of Scotland and did my tertiary education at the University of Glasgow. I qualified with a double honors degree in mathematics and physics, then went to work.  My career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. While teaching I completed a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude)

I am working as General Manager and Consultant in Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action.

The images at the top of this page are things I particularly like: I enjoy addressing business performance challenges in my work capacity; I’m particularly fascinated by the whole phenomenon of Big Data and the opportunities it presents to business; I love the scenery in Mpumalanga and particularly the Lisbon Falls, which I visited on my honeymoon and many times since; I also love the Seychelles and think it really is a paradise on earth; finally, I love animals and birds with a couple of favorites – elephants and all raptors especially falcons and eagles. I decided not to show images of good food and ice-cold beer.

I have been married twice. I have three children – Kirsty, Richard and Steven from the first marriage. All are now in their forties, independent and living elsewhere in Johannesburg. I married my second wife, Sandi, in 1986, and we have four children – Ashleigh, Kerry, Samantha and Jason. These four are in their twenties and all are now working.

When not busy with work I like reading, writing, gardening and spending time with my family. I am now spending more time, than ever before, on the writing part of that list.

And last but not least, why am I doing what I’m doing? After all, in my late sixties I should be sitting under a tree and drinking beer! ….Right? I don’t see it that way. I think life is about challenging yourself constantly. I think that the day you stop learning is the day you die. And, I think that nothing is more fun than achieving something, however small, every day. So I’m still working in a challenging field, I’m embarking on a new career as an author and I’m building websites for myself and my company. Hopefully, some of this activity will earn me some money, but that isn’t the main objective. The main objective is to meet the challenges.