I co-founded byrne·dean in 2003 to create kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces. My principal focus has always been on the operation of the company and on making sure we live our values. I am deeply proud of our mission.
My experience as a lawyer was ideal preparation for the creation of byrne·dean: having qualified as a litigator, I moved in-house to the insurance, manufacturing and FinTech industries. My role evolved and I became a trusted adviser to the board, on corporate restructurings, M&A, IP and litigation including injunctions.
Since 2018 I’ve taken a step back from the day-to-day operational side of things at byrne·dean and have focused on non-executive board functions. I’m also developing other professional interests and in July 2021 completed the Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. I am leading byrne·dean’s application for B Corp status.
I am a Governor of Brighton College, awarded the title of ‘School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times in 2020. It is a role I savour as a dyslexic who came through the education system undiagnosed and developed the resilience to overcome the early blocks that were put in my way. I am passionate about the power of education and have also served on the governing bodies of George Orwell School (now Islington Arts and Media School) and my local Primary School.
I have been working with Burgess Hill Foodbank since March 2020 when the Covid-19 crisis hit the food security of so many.
In-house Counsel, CME Group (London and New York)
In-house Solicitor, David. S. Smith
In-house Solicitor, AON
Trainee, then Solicitor, Richards Butler
Birmingham City University
York Law School
Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford