I Spent the first 3 years of my working career in the retail world, and then began my degree in Veterinary Surgery at Glasgow University when I was 20. After graduating in 1972, I spent a period in practice in Devon and London
In 1975 I set up Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle upon Tyne building it up the NE England into a 9-site practice employing 16 veterinary surgeons based around a central hospital.
In 1991, I set up Vet Direct Services Ltd - a Veterinary Wholesale Company - this offered a range of veterinary supplies to national customer base.
In 1999 after selling off Westway I set up a national vet group, firstvets Ltd that grew by acquisition to an 11-site practice with surgeries in the West Midlands, East Midlands, Northumberland, Durham and Glasgow, employing over 75 staff.
Between 2004 and 2006 I sold off my interests in all the various companies.
Throughout my career I have been involved in the practical business development and sale and purchase of veterinary practices, and have acted as a consultant for Equity companies in the purchase of corporate groups.
Along with Arthur Wappat, I now specialise in the share sales of incorporated veterinary practices.