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After graduating from Loughborough University in 2007 with degrees in electronic engineering and finance and management, I completed the BAE Systems graduate programme in their weapons and vehicles di...
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I graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Marketing and French, keen to get involved in commerce opportunities prompted by the creation of the EU. My early career at Accenture enabled me to do just that, working across Europe for clients such as Compaq, GSK, and GEC Alsthom.
In 1996, I pursued an opportunity in the US to bring a new technology to market. I spent a hectic year evaluating the commercial opportunity, after which, being in the midst of a very exciting business climate in California, I elected to continue in consulting and worked with clients such as Microsoft, HP and Levi Strauss. I also got involved in true start-up operations, helping them get from concept to fully operational businesses.
In 2002, I came back to the UK and joined Berkeley. Berkeley was just what I was looking for; the right blend of accountability and control, within a supportive framework that allowed me to tap into the experiences of my colleagues when needed. The diverse set of challenges and industries that I have engaged with over the last 20 years have afforded me a broad perspective on business issues and how to solve them and I particularly enjoy the opportunity to challenge conventional norms.
One technique that enables me to do that is Business Modelling, a discipline that I have increasingly focused on in the last five years. Simulating business performance can lead to much greater engagement and understanding of the real choices a business can make. I enjoy introducing clients to these techniques and have seen better decisions being taken and outcomes realised as a result.
Outside work, I love to travel. I'm willing to have a go at any language, especially in the pursuit of food and wine. With family links to the wine industry, there is always an excuse to further the research!
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