Dave, The Decorator

Dave Williams has been a professional painter and decorator for nearly three decades.

The married-father-of-two left school at the age of 16 to start an apprentice with Derek Wilde in Macclesfield. At the age of 20, when his apprenticeship was complete, he went on to sub-contract.

From 1994 to 2005, he became a maintenance decorator with Arighi Bianchi, the fourth generation family business for home furnishing.

He joined Hannah Barnes Designs and the team after years of working self-employed. He decorated the home of one of Hannah’s friends and she was so impressed with the result – she hired him!

He has since worked on private and commercial property with Hannah Barnes Designs, including the Shanghai Herb Clinic in City Centre Manchester.

Dave said: “In my job every day is different and you get to see different places. Seeing the end result gives me great job satisfaction.

“I try to give an old fashioned service, making sure I leave the job like I’d like to see my own home left. It was drilled into me during my apprentice to make sure I did a sterling job and left the place looking immaculate – or face a clip around the ear!”

When he is not working, the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club supporter enjoys watching his team play with his teenage daughters and socialising.