I grew up in Dorset and went to university in Newcastle. Before moving to London in 1996 I lived in Mexico for a year.
I qualified as an accountant while working for local accounting firm Gordons Knight in Merton.
Although I am a qualified accountant (MAAT), I learned most about business from founding and running a charity for many years. The charity generated over £1m in revenue and whilst it was a not for profit it operated very like any other small business and taught me many lessons. There were ups and downs so I can empathise with business owners.