Mentor with the Scottish Chamber of Commerce providing support and advice to a variety of businesses within the Scottish community. The objective is to focus on early stage businesses to develop and realise potential.

With core skills in investment appraisal, my career has spanned financial, business and third sectors at the executive level but a personal milestone achievement was taking over a family business and building up performance to allow a successful sale to existing staff.

An initial voluntary appointment as Chair of Prince’s Youth Business Trust Glasgow was an introduction to the third sector and that has been expanded to work with a number of organisations helping to adopt the Social Enterprise culture whilst focussing on individuals and families progressing their expectations and lifestyles. Additionally assisting and encouraging business to achieve accreditation and success in the not for profit arena provides a great deal of satisfaction.

Relaxation usually means a trip to hills and mountains in local and foreign parts in the company of like-minded individuals and with a family in north east England opportunities to visit and explore locally with them.