Dan originally worked in the construction industry as a contract manager, where he was responsible for the development of projects from design through to practical completion. A change in career led to landscape gardening and through this work he developed an interest in the design, planting and construction of gardens.
In 2019 he enrolled on the Diploma in Garden Design at KLC School of Design in Chelsea. He graduated with distinction and won the award for Best Show Garden Design. Since leaving KLC Dan started to design and oversee the implementation of private residential gardens and joined Marcus Barnett Studio in January 2021.