For over 17 years a governor of a special school for children with a physical difficulty and an associated learning difficulty, chair of governors for most of that time.

A degree in Jurisprudence at Merton College, Oxford. A barrister, but practiced for only three years. Left the Bar to work for the Liberal Party in London. After that headed up and grew a retail furniture company in NE England. Active in his trade association, played a lead role in the design of Flammability labels for sofas.

In his working life he was the director of the British Shops and Stores Association and chair of a nationwide committee that set up the Qualitas Conci…

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