Dan was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and spent his childhood on Tyneside, Teesside and in Cardiff before returning to Newcastle where he qualified as a dentist in 2003. After completing Vocational Training in the Yorkshire Dales, he worked as an associate GDP on Tyneside whilst completing his MJDF. He returned to Wales for a second time in 2009 after his takeover of a practice in Newport alongside his wife, Hannah, with the pair tasking themselves with improving its reputation and expanding services to more patients.
He became an Educational Supervisor in Dental Foundation Training in 2011 and has since completed a postgraduate diploma in medical education. His interest in dental politics evolved with his involvement with Gwent LDC, of which he is vice-chairman, and later the BDA.
Dan is a proud father of two who enjoys real ale, playing the guitar and caravanning. He has also completed his advanced driving test and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.