Jun 29, 2012
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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
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