I trained as a surveyor prior to joining Chartered Surveyors Hillier Parker May & Rowden based in Mayfair, where I spent 10 very enjoyable years travelling the country between 1972-1982. I also played a small instrumental part in the office and retail development of the first Arndale Centre in Manchester, prior to it being blown up by the IRA.
Having decided to work for myself, I formed Rummall investments Ltd, a commercial property project management company in 1982 with an accountant friend, taking offices at 29 New Bond Street. As MD I oversaw an investment portfolio of £70m and during this period I was bestowed the honour of the Freedom of the City of London in 1985.
I was appointed Business Procurement officer for Greenwich Local Labour and Business in 1998. This was, and still is, very much part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It was created prior to the building of the Millennium Dome, now The 02, and has done an excellent job in promoting job opportunities for Greenwich residents and promoting contract opportunities for local businesses.
In 2006, or thereabouts, I was seconded to the Bexley & Greenwich Chamber of Commerce as their Business Development director, a position funded by, Mayor Livingstone's London Development Agency from 2006-2009.
Once in position, I set about amalgamating both the Lewisham and Bromley Chambers to form, what is today the South East London Chamber of Commerce. I felt at the time and still do, that it was important for the whole of South East London to have a significant business presence when dealing with issues effecting this part of London, in particular communication, transport and river crossings.
Still very much supporting Chamber activities when my secondment came to an end, I returned to Greenwich Council in 2010 working in the Business Support team, mainly concentrating on procurement opportunities for local businesses and promoting Meet the Buyer events.
Having recently taken voluntary redundancy from the Royal Borough of Greenwich at the end of March this year, I have now accepted the offer to once again take up the position of Part-time Business Development director of the South East London Chamber of Commerce.