Jun 29, 2012
London|Motown|Northamptonshire|Reading|BBC|Education|Favourite Music|Spraylat International|Sunday Times|South Africa|United Kingdom|Cranfield University|Tresham College|Alan Sugar|Andrew Keir|Bruce|Fraser|Jack Russells|Richard Branson|Rory|Winston Duguid|Maryland|The Sunday Times|2012 Olympics
© Reuse this
Position: MD of Spraylat International
Main Activity of the Company: Spraylat International manufactures temporary peelable protective coatings
Date and Place of Birth: December 15, 1960, Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK
Education: Wellingborough School, Tresham College and Cranfield University
First Job: Legal executive
Career History Prior to Current Position: After starting my career in law, I moved into sales, where I worked as a salesperson, sales manager and sales director, and then into general management at the age of 40
Size of First Pay Packet: Just under £100 a month
First Job with Present Group: I joined Spraylat International in April 2009 as business development director and became MD in November 2009
Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated
Number of People under Your Leadership: Six people who report to me directly and distributors in 29 countries around the world
Management Style: I like to agree on the parameters with my team and then allow them to do their job
Professional Best Achievement: In my last job, I was one of a small team that merged two companies into a single entity employing over 1 000 people. Over a 14-year period, we increased sales fourfold and enhanced shareholder value considerably
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My mother
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: I worked for Winston Duguid for 14 years at Rexam. He helped me in my early years in management and today remains as a sounding board
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Richard Branson
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Alan Sugar, chairperson of Amstrad and star of BBC TV show The Apprentice
Philosophy of Life: You are only on this earth once (as far as we know) so make the most of life while you are fit and able
Biggest Ever Opportunity: We are currently waiting to hear if we have secured the contract to mask the advertising signs at many of the venues for the London 2012 Olympics
Biggest Ever Disappointment: If we fail to secure the London 2012 Olympics contract
Hope for the Future: That I remain as fit and motivated as I am today for the next 20 years
Favourite Reading: The Sunday Times newspaper
Favourite TV Programme: The Apprentice
Favourite Food/Drink: Indian cuisine
Favourite Music: Motown
Favourite Sport: Rugby
Favourite Website: www.constructionenquirer.co.uk
Hobbies: I am director of youth rugby (16- to 18-year-olds) at Kettering Rugby Football Club
Pets: Two Jack Russells
Miscellaneous Dislikes: The dogs sleeping on the bed
Favourite Other South African Company: Peelable Coatings, our new distributor in South Africa
Favourite Foreign Company: Apple
Married: To Di since June 29, 1985
Children: Rory, 24; Bruce, 22; Fraser, 20; Isabel, 16
Clubs: Kettering Rugby Football Club
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other Business Leader News
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
This Week's Magazine
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...