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, a challenger to the big 4. I lead a team who manage corporate clients across the region. My background in financial services is varied, with roles in risk, strategy and product development that has seen me work in Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London.
Following a Business degree at University in Leicester I have completed various programs at Cranfield University and hold the Association of Corporate Treasurers qualification.
In addition to the day job, I am Visiting Fellow at Lord Ashcroft International Business School working with Graduate and MBA students; Director and Chair the Finance & Governance committee at Cambridge BID Limited and also Director and consultant for a niche brake disc business.
Participating in sport has always played a pivotal role in my life. Whilst still active myself, inevitably a large chunk of time outside of work is spent as a taxi-driver for my young family to a hockey, football, cricket or athletics fixture.