Daniel co-wrote Scotland's ten-year adult literacy and numeracy strategy and was responsible for its implementation on behalf of the Scottish Government. For a number of years he taught literacy and numeracy to adults, first in Liverpool, where he also managed a busy community learning centre, then in Scotland, where he worked in further education. 

Daniel grew up in Leeds. He has degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing. 

He now works as an educational consultant. Outside work he enjoys reading, writing, running and learning languages.