Paul Lester is Chairman of Essentra Plc, a FTSE 250 manufacturing company.
A highly experienced leader, Paul also serves as Chairman of several Private Equity backed companies. These include McCarthy Stone, a retirement developments company, Readypower, a rail engineering services provider, Marley, a tiles and roofing systems firm, FirstPort, a residential property management company, and Appello, a technology-enabled care services provider.
Paul is also Chairman of Signia, a private investment office.
Since 2005, he has served as a Member of the UK Government Major Projects Review Group.
From 2002 until 2010, Paul held the position of Chief Executive of VT Group plc, the support services company, and from 1997 to 2002, he served as Group Managing Director at Balfour Beatty plc. Following senior managerial positions at Schlumberger and the Dowty Group plc, Paul led Graseby plc, the British engineering firm, as Chief Executive between 1990 and 1997.
Paul has previously served as Non-Executive Director of Invensys, a FTSE 100 company, and as Chairman of a number of public and PE backed businesses. He was also President of the Society of Maritime Industries, the British Services Association (BSA) and Make UK (EEF).
In addition, he is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Paul became a Freeman of the City of London in 2006 and was awarded a CBE for his services to Engineering in 2007.
Paul is a lifetime West Bromwich Albion Supporter.