Having served for 7 years with the Union-Castle Line as a Navigating Officer, in 1962 I moved into a Retailing Career, first as a trainee Area Manager in Supermarkets and Multiple Shops then helping to start Top Shop in 1964 as Merchandise Controller and then Director.
I moved on to Richard Shops, a ladies fashion chain as Deputy Managing Director and later became UK Managing Director of the luxury Shoe and Accessories retailer Bally of Switzerland. After making Bally profitable, in the 80′s I performed a 4 year turnaround at Lillywhites – the Retail and Olympic Sports Equipment Manufacturing business before gaining further worldwide experience by joining the American Sea Containers Group to develop their Venice Simplon Orient-Express international shops and mail order operations.
In the ’90′s I joined the family Management Consultancy and worked for retailers in the UK, USA, Canada, EEC and Japan before joining a local departmental store as a “retirement” occupation in 2001.
I moved to Grayshott in 2001, with my wife Jane, and since 2003 have served as a Parish Councillor.