I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in town planning, but there were few jobs so I decided to become an accountant.
- What attracted you to the sector?
I got a job in a firm of chartered surveyors in Birmingham as a planner. Planning combined my interests in economics and geography.
- What did you learn in your first job?
How to run a company from a financial perspective. Work at the chartered surveyors taught me the principles of development from a commercial perspective.
- What skills have you had to learn over your career?
How to work as part of a team, then the importance of listening to people and diplomacy - particularly when being referee between a client and a local authority. More recently I have learned the importance of good staff.
- What or who have been the biggest influences on your career?
My first employer Nigel Gough was a big influence. Later I learned a lot from Mervyn Dobson at Pegasus.
My time at the Bryant Group taught me a great deal about commercial development.
- What is your career highlight?
Helping set up Pegasus Planning Group. Otherwise, going for a year without losing an appeal and most recently the grant of permission for the Gloucestershire Gateway motorway service area.
- What have you learned outside work that has influenced you?
The need to ensure that you look after your friends and particularly the importance of my wife and family.
- What further skills do you aim to obtain or develop?
I want Pegasus to open more offices and get more international work. And I want to learn Spanish.
- How important is it to keep abreast of developments in allied professions?
Very. We need a broad understanding of everything that could affect the profession and the potential impact on Pegasus - with perhaps commercial opportunities.