I have worked in the pension and benefits arena for 35 years, having started in Pensions Administration for Noble Lowndes in Manchester in 1983. I moved to London in 1987 and following take over by Sedgwick and Mercer, I became a European Partner for Mercer in 1997.
Together with two colleagues we founded Premier in 2003, and we have now grown to over 150 employees and two offices.
My role is Chairman, with my primary objective being the future strategy for the business, and the culture of the organisation. I do though still spend 75% of my time doing what I enjoy – working with clients.
I also chair the Social and Charities group which is an important part of the Premier culture.
I believe in creating an open work environment; none of the senior team have offices and therefore work very closely with all our teams. I particularly enjoy seeing our team develop and take on new tasks, which until they tried, they didn’t believe they could do.
Outside work, any live sport is always top of my list. Playing-wise, it’s now golf. I have a handicap of 12. Being a Mancunian living in the south, I don’t have a particular team to support so I have two Club Wembley debentures and support England. I’m also in several syndicates which own National Hunt horses. Holidays are always active, primarily walking.