Ex-Marine David Swaps Conflict for a Dream Doors Showroom

David Ward OBE

Ex-marine David ‘Sharky’ Ward OBE has swapped conflict zones in Europe and the Middle East for a Dream Doors kitchen showroom in the West Country.

Mr Ward left the Marines as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service and helped run the Royal Marines charity for years after that.

He feels the transferable skills he learnt in the military will now help him as he opens the doors of a new kitchen showroom in Plymouth. David said:

I joined the marines because of the challenge and because I wanted a physical, outdoor job. It allowed me to serve all over the world – in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Northern Ireland among other places. I wanted a second career after leaving the military, it was just a case of finding the right moment to take that step. I feel happy to move on from the Royal Marines charity and to set up my own business working for the UK’s number one kitchen makeover company in the South West, where I want to be. I have always wanted my own business and I always wanted that business to be people-centric and related to home development in some fashion.

I think franchising is a great fit for people from military backgrounds. Franchising takes strong project management skills, which you need in the military, and it’s a way to combine the ability to manage people and serve people.

Dream Doors is looking for more talented franchisees like David who want to run their own local business, while also representing an industry-leading national brand.There are just 19 new franchise territories available nationwide, particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland. Interested parties from anywhere in the UK are encouraged to contact Director of Franchise Recruitment, Alex Waite, on 02392 604630, visit dreamdoorsfranchise.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Meet the Dream Doors recruitment team on stand D80 at The Northern Franchise Exhibition, EventCity Manchester on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22.