I am the Chairman of Helm Godfrey.
I help the board to decide the strategy for the company. A company like Helm Godfrey is made up of bright and independent minded people with strong views and personalities to go with them. So being the chairman is a constant challenge but an enjoyable and often fascinating one. I was an adviser myself for many years, so I have a good insight into their work. I have held the chairmanship job in several organisations and Helm Godfrey has proved to be one of the most worthwhile and exciting.
My work at Helm Godfrey involves more than just chairing the monthly board meetings and other committees. I also need to be a thinker, strategist, mentor and confidant. The role requires me to ask difficult questions about what we are trying to achieve and the ways that we do things. My work with Taxbriefs Financial Publishing and the Chartered Insurance Institute has helped to keep me abreast of the changes in regulation, professional education as well as tax and other financial issues. Working as a non-executive director of the wrap platform company Nucleus Financial Group has provided me with an overview of one of the key developments of the decade for financial advisers.
I am chairman of the Oxford Playhouse; so we are at the theatre at least once a week. Being Pro-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University means I get to lots of interesting events in and around Oxford. And playing with our young grandchildren keeps me from getting too pompous – I hope.