My first experience of management began in the designing and building of health clubs, followed by telecoms and advertising before joining Playdale Playgrounds in 2004 as Sales & Marketing Director.
My team and I have picked up quite a few awards over the past few years including ‘UK family Manufacturer’, FSB ‘UK SME Exporter of the Year’ and being named DIT and Commonwealth Export Champions to name but a few. In 2018 I was honoured to be named IoD North West ‘Global Director of the Year 2018’ as well as ‘Cumbria Business Person of the Year’. I also recently featured in The Telegraph’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders and have been inducted into The Manufacturer Top 100 people in Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
I’m married to Louise and have a daughter, Arabella, who will never be short of a playground to visit as she grows up!
Best thing about my job:
I am extremely proud of Playdale’s growth and success, particularly our export journey. We now have overseas distributors in 48 countries covering 57% of the global population. To lead a dedicated, passionate team that delivers 60 million smiles around the world is quite something. There’s no better job satisfaction than providing fun through play.
I could not be more proud of my team and the awards we’ve received over the years. A particular huge honour was to be presented with a BOFTA (Board Of Trade) award in early 2019 by International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP in recognition of our excellence in international trade, our innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism. An especially proud moment for me personally was in 2017 when I was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for my Services to Export and International Trade.
The Caribbean Cove Adventure Playground at the Sea Life Centre in Weymouth…Dorset’s biggest adventure playground. As far as exhilarating, colourful, themed playgrounds go they don’t come much bigger or better than this! It was a hugely rewarding team effort from beginning to end. This said I really do rank all our playgrounds equally; they bring happiness and smiles to children’s faces so that makes them all my favourites!