I see myself as a European citizen being a first-generation Welshman whose family originates from Germany and the Czech and Slovak Republics. I reside in Malahide with my wife Laura and our two children, Alex and Howard, who has severe learning difficulties. We came to Ireland in mid-2006 to access appropriate support for my son.
I was with Ernst Young for 33 years initially in the UK and then Eastern Europe. I then joined Grant Thornton Ireland. Currently I work in a senior position at NAMA, the Irish semi state body created by the government of Ireland in late 2009, in response to the Irish financial crisis and the deflation of the Irish property bubble. It functions as a bad bank, acquiring property development loans from Irish banks and developing and implementing work out strategies to maximise the return to the State.
I have a very clear philosophy and operating style, which is to develop a holistic view of the ‘Universe’ an organisation finds itself in and the need to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. This approach I have applied wherever I have worked by considering all components of the wider environment and their impact on the development and day-to-day operation of an organisation’s activities. This in turn creates the agenda and content of the dialogue with the key stakeholders.
Wherever I have worked, I have taken an active interest in the Community and the part that business must play. In addition, I have been a non-executive director of a UK National Health Service hospital and a commercial radio station. I am currently a non-executive director and Board secretary for Beaumont Hospital Foundation.