I studied Physics at Queen Mary University of London, and Management at the University of Bradford School of Management. I later qualified professionally as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Specialising in financial management consultancy, I have advised many companies in the United Kingdom, Southern Africa and Turkey. For a while, I was a management consultant at the British Broadcasting Corporation. During my international career, I worked in many diverse sectors including Aeronautics, Broadcasting, Oil Exploration, Gold Mining and International Trade.
As a result of my travels, I developed an interest and passion for the arts and world cultural issues.
I undertook further studies at City, University of London, gaining both an MA degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Arts Policy and Management. The scope of my research covered organisations in the profit and not-for-profit creative industries sector. In my published thesis, I identified contemporary arts and cultural issues for further debate including the management and leadership of cultural organisations. I 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 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.