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.