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Paul Lester

London, UK

Non-Executive Chairman

Paul Lester

Biography

Paul Lester CBE is Non-Executive Chairman of Essentra plc and McCarthy & Stone plc, both listed on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE 250.

A highly experienced Chairman, leading industrialist and strategist, Paul has managed groups of companies at PLC level and divisions of large multi-national companies. Paul is Chairman of Readypower, a rail engineering service company, Signia, a private investment business, Firstport, a property management services company and Appello, a technology company. He has served on numerous 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 as well as not for profit organisations.

Paul is a mechanical engineering graduate of NTU, an Honorary Doctor of Law from Portsmouth University and a Fellow at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Previously, Paul was President of the Society of Maritime Industries, the British Services Association and the Engineering Employers Federation (now Make UK). Among other things, he is a lifetime supporter of West Bromwich Albion.

In 2007, Paul Lester was awarded a CBE for services to Engineering.

Paul Lester’s Newsfeed

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’s Background

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Non-Executive Chairman
London, UK
Paul Lester is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Readypower, McCarthy & Stone plc, Signia Wealth, Essentra plc, FirstPort and Appello.
Chief Executive
2002 - 2010
London, UK
VT Group (formerly Vosper Thornycroft) plc had annual sales of £1.6 bn, with profits of £120m and 16,000 employees. VT provided support services to the Governments of the UK, US & Middle East. It is best known for the shipbuilding activity which was divested to BAE Systems for £380m. Paul was also Non-Executive Director of Vosper Thornycroft plc (before it became VT Group) from 1998 - 2002.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Non-Executive Chairman
2019 - Present
Winnersh, UK
Readypower is a specialist railroad manufacturer that provides services and rail fleet solutions for all rail constructions in the UK.
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.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

Non-Executive Chairman
2017 - 2019
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 £3.5 bn.
Non-Executive Chairman
Apr 2016 - May 2019
London, UK
Forterra plc are organised to focus on core, complementary growth markets as a leading producer of manufactured masonry products, for the UK market. A successful IPO of the ‘old’ Hanson Brick company. The second largest brick company in the UK trading in the FTSE 350.
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Paul Lester’s Education

Honorary Doctor of Laws
2008 - 2008
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