What are your duties in your role as a Blue Cross Trustee?
As chairman I lead the board, whose principal role is to set and monitor the progress of Blue Cross's strategy. I work with Sally to ensure that there is a good interaction and dialogue between the Board and the Executive team. I am responsible for ensuring the charity's corporate governance obligations are met. I also represent Blue Cross at national pet welfare events and particularly enjoy meeting our fantastic teams. It is a great privilege to be chairman.
What is your professional background?
I am a chartered accountant and was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 25 years specialising in company tax. I worked in London, the North East and the East Midlands advising a wide range of businesses. I am also Treasurer and an external member of Council at the University of Essex.
For how long have you been a Trustee for Blue Cross?
I have been a Trustee since 2011 and served as chairman of the Finance & Support, Investment and Remuneration committees until 2015, when I succeeded Zair Berry as chairman.
What do you enjoy most about being a Blue Cross Trustee?
The last five years have been an extremely exciting time as Blue Cross's strategy and the expansion of our services unfold. I have really enjoyed being able to share the business experience gained in my professional career and apply my skills and knowledge for Blue Cross. It is wonderful to see at first hand the dedication, compassion and love of pets of everyone at Blue Cross.
Tell us about your own pets
Animals have played an important part in my life and it would be hard to imagine life without them. We have two pointers one of whom Chester is a rehomed German Pointer. Dolly a 12 year old short hair cat came to us from Burford centre in 2014 to live with Trixie who was a rescue cat. I ride regularly and my horse Harry and I really enjoy our hacks in the countryside. We also have four shetland ponies, one of whom Blitz was adopted by the other three when he became homeless.