Dan works to support the development of policy with regard to the funding and finance of social enterprises. He spends some of his time as Director of Policy for Social Enterprise UK and the Social Economy Alliance. He has also delivered research for NCVO, Co-operatives UK and the Alternative Commission on Social Investment, among others. He has worked for ResPublica on sustainable models of infrastructure finance, and for the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital on social investment, as well as for various funders and financial institutions. Dan also works internationally, helping SEUK and the British Council advise government and policymakers around the world, including in Africa and South Asia. He has also been part of an ESRC-funded academic team studying innovation in public sector spin-out mutuals.

Dan also works to support the development of new, growing and emerging mutual and social enterprises in practice, helping them understand their options and supporting their business and financial planning. For example, working with NHS and housing providers with Baxendale Advisory, helping an education provider in the Stroud Valleys raise money for a new building, and with a community in Herefordshire with their plans to redevelop the village church with the Church Conservation Trust. He also works to support access to finance for social enterprises as part of the Flip Finance team and has been working with the Good Economy Partnership to support new models of social investment in health and social care in the South West.

Dan also works to support pop-up and meanwhile use of empty land, shops and property. He has delivered a pioneering research project, supported by Nesta, exploring the social, environmental and economic value of innovative interim land use. He also works for Meanwhile Space CIC, delivering a report on progressive business rate policies for local authorities and advising on interim use on the Aylesbury Estate in South London. Dan supported the London Legacy Development Corporation on meanwhile land use post-Olympics, and helped Merthyr Tydfil Council develop a meanwhile strategy. Crucially, this work is also based on local experience in practice, setting up Pop-Up Bristol and Pop Shop Wiltshire, and supporting the creation of Bristol Creative Common, part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. 

Dan has been invited to speak at a diverse range of events around the world, for Social Enterprise UK, for the Scottish Reinvestment Trust, in China, in Strasbourg, in Paris for the OECD, in Ghana and Sri Lanka and for a number of universities. He has delivered workshops for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Department for Health, Wiltshire Council and the School for Social Entrepreneurs .