Jul 2017 – Present. QWERTZ & Associates. Director and Executive Coach
Qwertz & Associates was founded in 2017 and provides Coaching and Mentoring services to individuals and teams as well as Business Consultancy Services.
Jun 2016-Jul 2017. Travis Perkins Plc. Head of Operational Legal Services
Travis Perkins plc is the UK's largest product supplier to the building, construction, and home improvement markets with a turnover of £6.4 billion in 2017. It operates over 2,000 outlets, and has more than 29,000 employees in the United Kingdom. This was a fixed term assignment to assist the General Counsel's Leadership Team to put in place practices and procedures to be able to operate more effectively and efficiently. Also mentoring a newly appointed member of the Leadership Team and taking responsibility for delegation of commercial legal work for the operational businesses within the Group.
Feb 2008 - Dec 2015. The Lafarge Group.
The Lafarge Group was the world's leading supplier of building materials with sales in 2014 of €15.2bn and 64,000 employees in 62 countries. The Group merged with the Holcim Group in June 2015 almost doubling its size and becoming LafargeHolcim.
- July 2010 to Dec 2015 - General Counsel and member of ExCo. LafargeHolcim Trading, Zurich.
LafargeHolcim Trading is the trading arm of the LafargeHolcim Group, providing seaborne import and export of building materials worldwide, with offices in Zurich, Kuala Lumpur and Miami and port terminals in 10 other countries. The position reported to the CEO with ExCo responsibility for all legal matters affecting the business worldwide
- Feb 2008 to July 2010 - Senior Legal Counsel. Lafarge Building Materials, Leicester/Birmingham.
Lafarge Building Materials was the UK arm of the Lafarge Group, a French listed company supplying building materials throughout the UK. The role was the Number 2 management position in a team of 12, reporting to the UK Legal Director dealing with all legal issues affecting the business in the UK.
June 2004 – February 2008. Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, Birmingham. Senior Associate, Projects/Business Law.
This role was within the Projects senior management team involved in the decision process on team strategy, financial targets, resources, budgets etc. Legal work comprised Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects including the Building Schools for the Future Programme and General corporate and commercial contracts work.
March 1995 – June 2004. The Boots Company PLC, Nottingham. Commercial Legal Adviser, Group Legal Dept.
The position was legal adviser in a team of 8 commercial lawyers dealing with all commercial and corporate legal matters affecting the business including UK and overseas Mergers and Acquisitions, projects and general commercial contracts work and UK regulatory compliance (Data Protection, Competition Law).
December 1993 – March 1995. Rigbeys Solicitors, Birmingham. Assistant Solicitor, Company/Commercial Dept
September 1990 – December 1993 Eversheds LLP, Cardiff. Trainee Solicitor to September 1992. Assistant Solicitor, Corporate Dept to December 1993
August 1989 – May 1990. Allen, Allen & Hemsley, Sydney, Australia. Paralegal