Profile of Dave Furze

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Tel: 07803897135

General Background 

Dave has 25 years’ experience in community development and empowerment, neighbourhood regeneration, supporting social enterprise and in social impact. He has worked in a wide variety of situations and contexts; ranging across urban, rural, affluent and deprived communities. The key focus of his work has always been to gain people-centred engagement, participation and involvement in order to maximise community empowerment and the development of well-being and social capital.

He has worked across the statutory, voluntary, community and faith sectors. Spending ten years working in local government, Wycombe District Council, eventually as Community Development Team Leader, developing community planning, coproduction service design, older people’s action groups, arts based empowerment projects, crime and antisocial behaviour interventions. In close collaboration with Bucks New University was involved in research on small area statistics, the impact of community development interventions on crime and anti-social behaviour and developed a foundation degree in community development. Prior to this he spent 7 years working in inner-city Manchester with young people at risk; pioneering a relational youth work model of practice in Harpurhey, North Manchester, one of the most deprived neighbourhood in the country and in Old Trafford.

Since 2008 he has run his own Social Enterprise consultancy, Footprints and is part-time Project Coordinator for Community Transform, a social enterprise working in High Wycombe and Southern Buckinghamshire; an informal training and mentoring project in trade skills to combat worklessness among young adults who are not in education, employment or training – NEETs.
He first became involved in social value, impact and social accounting and audit while working in East Berkshire and Slough assisting local public service commissioners and third sector groups to manage the transition from grant-aid to commissioning contracts and adapting to the changing landscape of civil society with the “Big Society” and open public services. Here he realised that in order for there to be a more level playing-field when competing contracts the third sector need to invest more effort in demonstrating their social value which is at times undervalued and often goes unheard.
He is chair of trustee of Churches’ Community Work Alliance, CCWA and a board member of Social Audit Network.
Originally he trained as a materials engineer, has a PhD in Tribology and worked as a research scientist in Nanotechnology at Brunel University for 6 years with UK Atomic Energy Authority, MOD and international oil, automotive and steel companies.