What's your role?
As CEO my role is to steer the business, sometimes through highly challenging times, and ensure its financial strength so that we can continue making crucial investments.
As a firm we have made some fundamental changes over the last couple of years, including our moves to 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth and Cumberland House, Southampton and the opening of a new Brighton office. As well as further developing our strategy with a strong focus on the Solent region, the position the business is now in means we are also looking for opportunities to expand in this region and London.
The firm is however only as good as its people and we have a great team here all with the same outlook – quality service, approachable, down to earth, honest and no nonsense – all values which play a key role in our reputation and why our clients keep coming back.
I think it is important to give something back to the community in which we are based, my small contribution is as Trustee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.
I started at a small law firm in Salisbury deliberately chosen so I could learn as much as I could about different areas of law. A year later I set up my own practice with two other solicitors. It didn’t last too long as they decided that they wanted to move areas of practise, but we made money, so that gave me a real appetite for business.
My career moved on quickly and, after joining a large regional law firm, became the Managing Partner, a position I held for 12 years. The consequence of this experience is that I have first-hand knowledge of the balance of financial success mixed with the ability to help people shape the firm in the way that the firm wants.
I joined Coffin Mew in 2010 and was made CEO in 2011.
- Strong Leadership and Developing Corporate Strategy
- Management Accounts
- Business Development
- Mentoring Senior Staff (setting objectives to help guide personal and career development)
- Real Estate (Commercial and Residential)
- Property Pension and Investments
Which five words best describe you?
Three things we didn't know about you
- I’m an Elton John fan
- Been known to cry at adverts
- Narrowly missed out on playing hockey for England