My career

I am currently Chairman of the Audit Committee at Watkin Jones plc and Dentsu Aegis Network. Previously I was Chairman of Assura plc, Flybe Group plc and Hozelock Group, as well as a non-executive director at Aegis Group, Quintain Estates, Mitchells and Butlers and Northern Rock (as part of the rescue team). I have also worked in private equity with CVC Capital Partners and wrote a regular column for Retail Week. In my executive career I was Finance and Property Director of Safeway plc.

My interest

I am interested in how boards work and how regulation and better corporate governance can help. Too often politicians, the media and regulators respond to business issues by knee jerk actions, without any real attempt to understand why things go wrong. It is much easier just to blame individuals and propose new regulation than get under the skin of what really happened.