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 a Director at 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, the Power to Change and Big Society Capital on social investment, among others. 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  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, youth services and housing providers with Baxendale Advisory, helping an education provider in the Stroud Valleys, and in Herefordshire to support the redevelopment of a village church for the Church Conservation Trust. He has supported social enterprises to access finance 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 meanwhile and creative 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, the Mayor of London with a plan for securing creative workspaces across the capital, 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. 

Dan has been invited to speak at a diverse range of events around the world, including in Ghana, China, Ethiopia, Strasbourg, Paris, Athens, the United States, Morocco, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and at universities including Oxford, Goldsmiths and KCL. He has delivered workshops for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Department for Health, Wiltshire Council and the School for Social Entrepreneurs .