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.