What People Say
“A decisive, persuasive and influential business leader who successfully develops and repeatedly delivers stretching business performance targets in complex and dynamic market environments”
“Leads with a real desire and determination to deliver. His passion, knowledge and willingness to tackle change are second to none”
“A high octane professional, and is a real catalyst for harvesting ideas and putting things into action”
“Resilient and relentless”
I like to take on high profile challenges where success is not guaranteed, the stakes are high, new ground needs to be broken and I have to draw on all my experience.
I am motivated to achieve ‘firsts’ with positive outcomes. This includes business firsts, market sector firsts and personal firsts. I can be strategic, tactical and hands-on as needed and always seek to understand the evidence, data and people’s views in order to gain the insight needed to make the right decisions and manage risk.
I am comfortable dealing with the interaction of people, technology, processes and culture in all types of organisations and teams, having confidence in my own ability based on past achievements.
I value direct engagement with customers and suppliers to find solutions, resolve issues and develop lasting relationships. My experience has demonstrated this attribute can have more impact than sector-specific knowledge, which can be more easily assimilated when immersed in a role.
I have not followed a typical corporate career but view this diversity as a positive attribute, bringing fresh thinking and views about sector norms and expectations. As a Chartered Engineer with a PhD and over 50 publications and international presentations, I could have chosen a technical career path. Instead, I chose to study for an MBA, achieving a Distinction, and gained an understanding of the value and impact of leadership, strategy, finance, change management, business culture and organisational development.
My CV highlights the breadth of my transferable experience, gained as a Board Director, Managing Director, CEO and Commercial Director in FTSE 250 and AIM-listed PLCs, SMEs, Joint Ventures and Not-For-Profit organisations; along with a consistent track record across a range of market sectors of improving results including profitability, productivity, order intake, cashflow, contract delivery, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. It also shows I have led diverse teams that have successfully collaborated to deliver positive outcomes at pace, including rapid and sustainable growth, turnaround, restructuring and transformational change.
Behind the CV however is a resilient, value-led, creative and curious individual who strives to identify purpose, bring the best out of people, take on new challenges and continue to learn. I want to look at my career and say ‘I made a positive difference’.
I offer pro-bono services for charities and have an extensive network of associates that can be called upon to provide complementary services or advice.