After graduating from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Sociology and Philosophy in the early 1980s, at a time of great social and economic angst, I was eager to change the face of industrial Britain!
That proved to be a little too ambitious, but a successful fledgling career in personnel management, as it was then known, led me to spend 13 years in the manufacturing sector with large corporations producing light domestic goods, defence and medical electronics, and heavy engineering compressed air equipment for oil and gas exploration.
Having tired of closing businesses as manufacturing slowly ebbed away and our country’s economic base became more focused on the finance and services sectors, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to lead the HR function as part of the management start up team to create LEGOLAND Windsor in 1995. One of the most exciting and inspiring times of my life.
My passion for sport was combined with career when I joined the Rugby Football Union at Twickenham in 2001 to lead HR there, and spent 10 years there, helping to grow the sport exponentially, develop one of the world’s iconic sporting venues, and secure the Rugby World Cup. Although I wasn’t called upon to don my boots!
A few years running my own HR consulting business followed, taking me to other interesting organisations such London Wasps and Longleat Safari Park, before serious illness led me to leave a sometimes stressful career behind to try my hand at mini bus driving for a local college, operating the attractions at LEGOLAND, and becoming a wedding registrar! All good experience for successful people interaction!
The call of Blue Coat ultimately proved too strong to resist.
Away from school, my passions are family, football, rugby and baseball, and long country walks in the Chilterns with my faithful Labrador.