I often wonder why family is so rarely spoken about in business when it offers so many powerful insights and ideas about how to build thriving winning teams.
In my 30 plus years’ experience in building teams to make things happen, I’ve experienced many companies and environments. I’ve consistently found that the most successful leaders and teams are the ones who recognise we are all building two teams. A work team AND a home team.
My experiences have covered big companies and small. Starting as an entrepreneur at 14, I’ve built and led teams in global corporations, start-up businesses, struggling businesses and high growth businesses.
My experience includes 10+ years in Professional Services including 5 years at KPMG Corporate Finance and several stints as a CFO.
I’ve sailed twice around the world - the first time on a trophy-winning world racing yacht and the second time with my family team - my wife and three children under the age of 10.
I’ve built multiple successful ventures from scratch and sold one for a 7 figure sum whilst sailing the Pacific Ocean.
In my speeches, I reveal to my audiences a rarely discussed 'secret to success' for business and for families, that involves applying work values to home and applying home or family values to work, to the betterment of both.
My audiences come away empowered to thrive and live their best lives both at work and at home”.
My Career Started...
I launched my first business at the age of 14 catching crabs and lobsters and by the age of 16 was exporting 1/2 tonne of crabs a week to Spain.
Realising that catching crabs wasn't going to make an impact on the world, I went to University and for the next 8 years worked in the corporate world - first as a Chartered Accountant and then as an Investment Banker at KPMG.
In 2000 I signed up for the Worlds Toughest Yacht Race, the BT Global Challenge and joined Yacht Quadstone as the youngest crew member onboard. After winning trophies around the world and building a team as Watch Captain I returned to KPMG to run a Technology and Telecoms team.
In 2001 I returned to entrepreneurial life as an e-commerce entrepreneur. Over the following 15 years, I've raised money for, built, grown and sold businesses primarily in the technology sector.
I've made mistakes. I've fallen over. I've got up again and carried on. I've had some great successes and some failures.
In 2009, my wife and I hatched a plan to sail around the world with our young children and spent the next 5 years planning how to make things happen. In 2016, we successfully completed our circumnavigation having experienced amazing highs, having to make heart-wrenching decisions and agonising lows on our 7-year voyage from idea to completion.
My mission for the next 25 years is to share what I’ve learnt about leadership and team building giving practical actionable advice on how to achieve amazing results both at work and at home changing lives for the better.