I graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Manchester University in 1981 and began my career in management consultancy with KMG Thomson McLintock, which today is known as KPMG. I subsequently joined packaging machinery manufacturer Barry Wehmiller International plc (BWI), where I worked predominantly on acquisitions, latterly in the USA and with responsibility for group IT. I was then persuaded to join a building material business originally established by my grandfather – WT Burden Limited – and ultimately became its Chief Executive, where I helped nurture its ground-breaking move into all-employee share ownership.
I met John Eckersley prior to the formation of Castlefield, during his involvement with my family’s charitable foundation, through which Castlefield now support the La Renaissance school in Burkina Faso. Across my entire career to date I’ve had a deep involvement in IT as a source of business advantage – from the days almost before it existed to the present-day challenges of keeping personal information safe. My day-to-day role at Castlefield is therefore focused on IT strategy and implementation. I’m fortunate to be able to combine this with working independently with a number of growing employee-owned businesses.
I am currently restoring an old farmhouse in a village near Bristol where I live with my extended family. In my spare time, I also enjoy walking my cocker spaniel, Douglas, down the banks of the river Severn, travelling (when I can), skiing, as well as restoring and using old cars and motorbikes.
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