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Paul Lester CBE

Essentra plc

London, UK

Chairman

Essentra plc

Paul Lester CBE

Biography

Paul Lester CBE is Non-Executive Chairman of Essentra plc, a leading global provider of essential components and solutions. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of McCarthy & Stone, the largest UK housebuilder for the retirement market, Forterra plc, the UK’s leading producer of manufactured masonry products, Signia Wealth, a private investment office and Knight Square Holdings, the UK’s largest residential property manager.

A highly experienced Chairman, leading industrialist and strategist, Paul has managed groups of companies at PLC level and divisions of large multi-national companies. He has served on a number of Boards in a Non-Executive capacity for more than 30 years and his experience is widely sought in many sectors, including engineering, property and investment. Paul has held board positions of FTSE100, 250 and AIM-quoted businesses and not for profit organisations.

His other business interests include serving as President of the Society of Maritime Industries and the Engineering Employers Federation. Paul is a Co-opted Member of the Nottingham Trent University Development Board and is a mechanical engineering graduate of NTU. Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

In 2007, Paul Lester was awarded the CBE for Services to Engineering.

Paul Lester CBE’s Newsfeed

19 Jul 2018
Just 4% of senior industry roles taken by women

Chairman of Essentra, McCarthy & Stone and Forterra Paul Lester said: “The Pipeline’s research, Women Count 2018, is a timely reminder for the engineering, construction and infrastructure industries of how important it is to keep our focus on increasing the number of women in senior roles."

Paul Lester CBE’s Background

Chairman
Apr 2016 - Present
London, UK
Essentra is a leading global provider of essential components and solutions with four global divisions: Components, Packaging, Filters and Specialist Components.
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Parabis
Non-Executive Chairman
2012 - 2015
London, UK
Parabis (Duke Street Investment) was a legal services business with 2,250 people and a £150m turnover. The business was broken up into 7 different business and sold.
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Other Business Interests

Visiting Professor
2005 - 2011
Nottingham, UK
Nottingham Trent University are nationally recognised for outstanding teaching, research, engagement with employers & student satisfaction.
Co-opted Member of the NTU Development Board
Nottingham, UK
Nottingham Trent University are nationally recognised for outstanding teaching, research, engagement with employers & student satisfaction.

Current Non-Executive Positions

Non-Executive Chairman
2018 - Present
London, UK
McCarthy & Stone is the largest UK house builder for the retirement market. It is a FTSE 250 company with a market values of approximately £1 billion.
Non-Executive Chairman
2017 - Present
London, UK
Algeco, owned by TDR, is the largest provider of modular accommodation world wide aiming for an IPO at the end of 2019 with a market value in the order of £3.5bn.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

Non-Executive Chairman
2010 - 2017
London, UK
JLIF is one of Europe's largest listed funds investing directly in infrastructure projects. Under the guidance of Paul Lester, JLIF was floated on the UK FTSE in October 2010 with a value of £250m. It currently has a market cap of £1.4bn and has a Premium Listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Non-Executive Chairman
2010 - 2017
London, UK
Greenergy is the UK's leading supplier of road fuel and the second largest private company in the UK, with sales of £16bn. Greenergy is a distributor of fuel to the UK, Canada and South America transport markets. The Company was successfully sold to Brookfield.
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Paul Lester CBE’s Education

Honorary Doctor of Laws
2008 - 2008
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