What was your path into business?
I enjoyed a long and varied career in banking with Barclays. The bulk of my time was spent in corporate finance as well as business consultancy as a Business Advisory Service manager. During the latter years I developed an interest in the charities sector and became the charities specialist for London and the South of England. This led to my becoming head of corporate responsibility within Barclays Wealth which included driving employee and community engagement across the territories in which we operated.
I then moved into the not for profit sector to ‘give something back’ to the area in which I had spent a major part of my career, namely Croydon. Since 2007 I have managed the Croydon Enterprise Loan Fund on behalf of Croydon Council and supported over 300 businesses in raising £3m+ of finance collectively.
What do you love about mentoring?
I love being able to both share and pass on some of the knowledge and experience that I have gained over an extensive career. It is very rewarding when a business that you have guided is successful. There is something special about being hands on in supporting a business through what can be a challenging process.
What skills / characteristics do you think are necessary to enable entrepreneurs succeed?
Knowledge, desire and confidence. It is rare that you find an entrepreneur that has all of these attributes but when they do they have the potential to be successful
How do you like your tea / coffee?
Hot and strong!
Where’s your favourite spot in London to hang out?
I love the diversity of London but seem to have an attraction for high places with magnificent views and have been to rooftop cinema’s, the roof garden at the Walkie Talkie building, climbed the roof of the O2 but the best is the rooftop bar at the Picturehouse cinema in Piccadilly.