Educated at Cambridge and Liverpool Universities, I have a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry. My career has been in the plastics and packaging industries, initially in operations and then in running businesses. I was a director of RPC Group Plc, Europe’s leading manufacturer of rigid plastics packaging (headquartered in Rushden). Latterly I was based in Germany, with responsibility for a division with eleven businesses across Europe. I served as a member of the Council of the British Plastics Federation.
Following retirement, I spent three months teaching at a tribal school in south India. My current activities include being vice-chair of Langley House Trust, an organisation for the resettlement of ex-offenders, and involvement in business start-ups. I am a member of the Horners' Livery Company – with a special interest in education, training and apprenticeships in the plastics industry. I was formerly a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Wellingborough Prison.
After 38 years as a career banker and two years consulting I have retired to focus on supporting my family in particular our first two grandchildren. My banking career followed a non-traditional path through the branch hierarchy up to lending manager but also included several years as a technical lecturer for bank managers. I then moved into Cash Management, enabling major corporates to integrate their automated payments and receipts mechanisms and data with the banking system.
In my own time I have been a financial broadcaster, a scout leader; a school governor for 22 years, Mentor for Uprising in Bedford through The Harpur Trust; Chair, Vice Chair, Director and Responsible Officer of the Sharnbrook Academy Federation (incorporating 4 Academies); Chair of Risk & Audit Committee for 4 years; Independent Examiner of Annual Accounts for local charitable organisations; Area Homewatch Co-ordinator and Editor of Oakley Newsletter for Oakley Parish Council.
I am Commercial Banking Director for Metro Bank, but I have a varied background and unlike most have never worked in a branch!
Following a Business degree at University, my career began on the graduate program for Enterprise Rent-a-car gaining promotion from my native East Anglia bringing me to the area and branch manager in Milton Keynes.
After 4 years, I joined The Royal Bank of Scotland to set up and run a Corporate daily rental offering, selling and account managing daily rental for the banks major corporate clients.
RBS relocated me to Birmingham where I worked in a strategy and product role before working in banking in Northampton.
I joined Barclays Corporate team in 2012 working in the Professional Service sector with businesses up to £100m Turnover.
I now manage a team in Commercial Banking across the region working with SME businesses for them to join the banking revolution with Metro Bank!
Outside of the day job I am a Director at Cambridge BID and Chair the Finance & Governance committee. In addition I am Director in a niche brake disc business.
I hold a Association of Corporate Treasurers qualification; have a young family (but manage to play the odd round of golf), love “Park runs” and enjoy real ale but not during Corporation meetings!
My current position as Director for Initial Teacher Training (FE and Skills) at the University of Warwick, requires me to quality assure and quality improve teacher training provision across 7 General Further Education Colleges in the Midlands. Prior to this I worked in further education for 23 years. My teaching career started in 1991. I quickly moved in to a full time teaching role and not long afterwards in to educational management. My last role was as Head of Centre for Daventry, which is one of three main sites at Northampton College. This was a strategic role requiring me to effectively lead on matters relating to estates and facilities and to liaise with appropriate personnel on all aspects of the curriculum and the quality of provision thereafter. I was also the advisor on education matters in local strategic partnerships and other external committees. Prior to this I worked as Director for Business and Management at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College strategically leading and operationally managing a wide range of curriculum areas including Business and Management, Computing, Access to Higher Education, Maths and English GCSE provision and Initial Teacher Education. I have two grown up children, my daughter is a primary school teacher and my son is a motor vehicle mechanic.