David Vere-Jones's interest in mathematical and statistical education was triggered in the early 1960s during his visits to Russia when he met leading mathematicians who were deeply involved in these areas as well as in their own research. Through the 1970s and 1980s David's involvement in education grew in New Zealand where he became influential in the developments in mathematics and statistics teaching, especially at school level. By the early 1990s he had become very involved in the Education Committee of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and had a key role in the Third International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS-3) in Dunedin, 1990. This was soon followed by the pivotal role he played in the establishment of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE). This paper describes the formative influences underlying David's involvement in statistical education and his influence on the growth of the IASE.