I am a serial entrepreneur. Identifying opportunity, strategising, overcoming challenges and ultimately succeeding is in my nature, as is educating. Starting off with a grounding in finance (I am a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Touche Ross/Deloitte and later moving on to Ernst & Young) I went through Stanhope (a major real estate developer) before branching out into a startup tech company and ultimately founding Bryanston Square, an organisation committed to enhancing life chances through education. Our strap line is “Achieve More”.
Along the way I was also a non-executive director of an HR consultancy, put together an antique shop business and assembled a small group of mechanics to bid with me for Europe’s largest independent Ferrari sales and maintenance business.
At Bryanston Square, I am combining my skills and knowledge to make a difference in education, from the facilities to what goes on in them, and it’s something I’m passionate about. I built a small organisation to work on bidding for large Government contracts under what was then the Building Schools for the Future programme. We bid for some 48 projects, all highly sought after contracts, and won 42. Later, I also assisted some Local Government procurement directors on around £1.5Bn of contracts from the private sector.
In addition to my speaking engagements, I now work in and around schools and their students, although I still get involved in a few building or renovation projects. I fund the work we do with students around the country through commercial work for private sector clients.
My time is taken up with projects and with helping drive change. I am often asked to speak at conferences and seminars, where my main focus is on achievement and removing blockers. Some call it motivational speaking. I also get asked to speak to commercial organisations at conferences and seminars where the matters are remarkably similar. I’ve been lucky enough to have received great reviews.