I have enjoyed a diverse career since graduating in Managerial Sciences from the University of Bradford in 1981. Starting my career with Lyons Tetley, managing production operations before moving to various HR roles, whilst completing an MBA programme.
A move to Suffolk followed in 1993 where I held roles as Head of HR and Operations Director for British Fermentation Products and HR Director of Hutchison Ports both in Felixstowe.
My most recent post was as Chief Executive of Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is recognised as the largest and most successful regional cancer charity in England. This was a very humbling and remarkable period for which I feel privileged to have been able to apply my experience and passion towards such an important cause.
It would be fair to say that I enjoy a challenge. As the new Chief Executive Officer of Gotelee Solicitors I recognises that the legal sector is changing fast and that competition will intensify, so only the very best and strongest firms will survive in the long term. I look forward to building on 130 years of delivering excellent service to private clients and businesses across the county.
My wife, Susan and I have returned to the Woodbridge area and are delighted to be back to the county we consider Home. I have rejoined Woodbridge Golf Club and look forward to regular league squash at Martlesham Leisure, although almost certainly not to the same standard as when I first came to Suffolk in 1993. I am also Visiting Senior Fellow of the University of Suffolk.
Guilty pleasure: a somewhat eclectic taste in music and self-indulgent playing of both acoustic and electric guitars (although some may challenge the accuracy of the word “playing”).
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