Introduction

Thank you for visiting my personal website.

I have been a Common Councilman for the Ward of Walbrook in the City of London since 2013 representing the views and issues of businesses and residents in the Ward.  I was re-elected in 2017 and will be standing again for re-election in 2021.

This website gives you more information about my aims, priorities, interests and activities. Do please explore via the Menu.

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I have worked in or been closely connected with the City or “Square Mile” for over 30 years. My interest in, and experience of, the City of London is as deep as it is broad.

My passions are housing, policing and education.

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Housing

I am Chief Executive of MJ Gleeson plc the UK’s largest listed house builder of low cost quality homes for first time buyers. I was previously Chief Executive of Keepmoat Homes, the UK’s largest private builder of low cost and affordable homes.

I am also Chairman of the City of London’s Housing Delivery committee which is looking at how the City delivers 3,750 new affordable homes for Londoners.

I also previously served as a non-executive board member of the Housing & Finance Institute (HFI) an accelerator hub that works with industry and public sector partners to increase housing supply to help stimulate the new affordable homes that the UK needs and ilke Homes the leading offsite manufacturer of new homes.

Policing

I am Chairman of the City of London Police Authority Board which acts in the capacity as the local police authority for the City of London Corporation.

For 12 years I was also a volunteer police officer, or Special Constable, with the City of London Police where I regularly dealt first hand with crime and crime prevention as a police officer patrolling the streets of the City and sometimes outside of it. In 2007 I was awarded Special Constable of the Year by the City Police.

Education

I am Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of the City of London School and was its immediate past Chairman.

I also served for 12 years on the development committee of an educational charity supporting students and teaching at Oxford University.

Early career

In my early career I trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where I specialised in financial services. I then spent 10 years in banking in the City at HSBC and Deutsche Bank advising companies, raising capital and focussing on the transport sector. In that time I spent 3 years advising the ANC led Government of National Unity in South Africa.

After banking I worked for Smiths Group plc, the UK based international engineering group. Prior to joining Keepmoat, I was finance director of DTZ (now part of Cushman & Wakefield), the property services firm, based in Walbrook in the Old Stock Exchange Tower.

Charity and Civic

Outside of my professional work and my role as a Common Councilman, I am a Warden of the Grocers Company, where I actively support its charity fundraising and giving and I am also a churchwarden at St Stephen Walbrook both situated in Walbrook Ward.

I was also previously on the committee of a local amenity body in Westminster for 10 years representing residents’ views on a wide range of issues including planning and licencing.

Further details and contacting me further

You will find further details on the pages of this website and by clicking here to access my Linked-In page.

I would like to hear about what matters to you in the City and Walbrook Ward. Click here for how to contact me.