Dan was appointed Lecturer in Education at the University of Hull in 2012. He taught in primary schools for 15 years and worked within senior leadership teams in a number of schools. Dan worked as a Key Stage 2 Coordinator and co-ordinated mathematics, science, gifted and talented provision, and curriculum development. He also worked as a literacy leader for a local authority. During his role as deputy headteacher in a primary school, he completed an MSc in Leadership and Learning. Dan also worked as an associate lecturer on the University's MEd Programme, leading to an increasingly interest in higher education.