I studied Physics at Queen Mary University of London, and Management at the University of Bradford School of Management. Later, I qualified professionally as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Specialising in financial management consultancy I advised many companies in the United Kingdom, Southern Africa and Turkey. As a management consultant, I was involved with many successful company turnarounds – I also provided interim financial executive services for many businesses. My international career spanned many diverse sectors, including aeronautics, broadcasting, leisure, gold mining, oil exploration and international trade.
During my international travels, I developed an interest and enthusiasm for the arts and world cultural issues. I then undertook further studies and research at City, University of London, gaining MA and PhD degrees in Arts Policy and Management. The scope of my doctoral research covered organisations in the profit and not-for-profit creative industries sector. I identified key contemporary arts and cultural issues for further debate, including the management and leadership of cultural organisations. I also outlined the case for a new model of major arts funding in England.
For many years, I was a political activist and a member of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council: a discussion forum on international relations.
My interests include the arts, culture and sciences – especially the culture and languages of China, Japan and Korea. On a different note, I am particularly interested in international relations and East Asia foreign policy.