I started my career in New Zealand at accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers, then joined the management team that launched NZ's first digital mobile phone network, BellSouth NZ, now Vodafone NZ.
Having relocated to Britain, I continued my career at the multi-national media and publishing group Pearson PLC.
In 1999 I left to co-found Omega Logic, which launched mobile phone top-ups in Britain alongside the mobile phone networks and other "top-up solution providers".
By 2005 Omega Logic was processing £450 million of top-ups per annum in Britain and the USA, generating £25 million of net revenue, and I completed the disposal of all my interests in the company.
I then began to invest in startups in various sectors including software-as-a-service (SaaS), ecommerce, fintech and digital publishing. I was awarded British Angel Investor of the Year in 2011 (UK Business Angels Association).
I now hold a number of board positions in the public and private sector and was honoured with a CBE in June 2013 by HM the Queen, for services to business. I served on the Business Taskforce for David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, in 2013 for a report on EU Red Tape. Debretts named me one of the "500 most influential people in Britain" in 2015 and I've also enjoyed a number of TV appearances, including the BBC's show "The Apprentice - You're Fired".
I am a Non Executive Director for Sussex Place Ventures and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. I am a Trustee of the Peter Jones Foundation and a Board Advisor to the Centre for Entrepreneurs. JLA manages my public speaking.