CEO with over 25 years operating within the international business arena
Last Updated: 3rd April 2019 (over 3 years ago)
Joined TQ Education & Training Ltd (UK based) in 1995 and worked through the ranks in Kuwait to become Managing Director (Middle East) in 2003 managing the Middle East Kuwaiti registered sister company at the time TQLS. The business model was to create profitable business (cash cow) to enable TQ Education & Training Ltd (UK) to expand their core business in the UK and other countries with less commercial risk than Kuwait based on the fact that the country had gone through two major wars within 15 years impacting heavily on western companies operating in Kuwait during war time.
He developed the business in Kuwait reaching peak in 2006 enabling TQ UK to enhance their business in the UK with an order book in excess of US$750 million.
In 2006 an opportunity came to buy 12% share in TQ Education & Training Ltd (UK) and played a significant role in planning a strategic path for the company that would potentially lead the company shareholders to an exit plan in 2010. One of his key milestones in working towards an exit for TQ’s shareholders was to secure a US$58 million contract in Saudi Arabia with a leading oil company Chevron in 2008 which allowed TQ UK not to be reliant on income from Kuwait and the decision was made that TQLS would cease to be part of TQ Education and Training but remained as it is today as their Kuwaiti agents.
At this point he had been residing in Kuwait for 12 years where he had met his wife who had a 24 years teaching career in Kuwait and decided that it was time to return to the UK and felt that although he still had his 12% share in TQ he was not willing to be part of the UK management team at the final stages of the exit plan as he wanted to follow his own business ventures.
So in 2008 he took over TQLS (Kuwait) with a Kuwaiti partner and started to build up the business again working with a small team of professionals delivering training programmes in Kuwait. He spends 10 days in every month in Kuwait overseeing the business and the balance of the month in the UK overseeing businesses that he purchased with income generated in Kuwait between 1995 and 2008.
TQ Education & Training Ltd exit happen in October 2011 as planned and the business sold to Pearson PLC a 100FTSE company for £55M.
In 2007 the British Ambassador awarded him for his business achievements in Kuwait and for his contribution in promoting British Products and Services. He is also an active member in the Kuwait Monday Club which is an exclusive club for the top 20 business individuals in Kuwait supported by the British Embassy. Membership to the Club is by invitation only, and is regarded as a none public gathering who frequently supports the British Government on both business and political matters. Most recently he representing the Monday Club was interviewed by Tony Blair for his input for The Blair Report commissioned by the Amir of Kuwait outlining a strategic plan for the country