I have been a non-executive director and company secretary of Chord, since the business was founded by my wife Amanda in 2001. Throughout that time my primary role has been as a sounding board to the senior management team offering strategic advice and help on an ongoing basis. I’m also known as the ideas man! I’m not normally involved in the day to day running of the business, but do help train staff and have been known at times to get on the phones during exceptionally busy periods. I have an HND distinction in marketing and business and started my career in advertising working for Leo Bernett and J Walter Thompson in London. I then spent ten years as a director and then managing director of the family jewellery business in Bath. When the business was sold in 1984, I moved back into advertising and point of sale for ten years, before moving onto freelance consultancy. After starting Chord with my wife Amanda, I also helped develop a charity called Believe, running a rehabilitation programme for offenders within the prison system.
When I get the chance I sculpt in stone, am a painter and potter. I have been a cast member of the Beckington Players annual Old Tyme Music Hall for 15 years. Prior to that I was a member of the Bath Operatic and Dramatics Society and played a variety of parts in many shows at The Theatre Royal in Bath, including the lead role of The Music Man. However, my biggest claim to fame was being a very young Santa at Harrods, when I was a student in London. So you could say I’m a creative thespian at heart!