Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce – the champion of business in the North East. Previously, Vice Chairman of the Esh Group – the award winning North East construction group. Prior to that, 14 years in Barclays Bank plc (throughout the UK) and, before that, 12 years soldiering in the Royal Green Jackets (throughout the world).
A Deputy Lieutenant for Co. Durham; Chairman of the Darlington Building Society and Honorary Colonel for The Rifles in Co. Durham. Also Durham Cathedral, The Durham Light Infantry, The Foundation of Light and a number of other charitable organisations.