Jeff is a chartered account who was appointed to the Board in September 2010 and as Chairman of the Audit Committee in November 2011. He started his career with Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a chartered accountant, following which he spent seven years with The Boston Consulting Group. Between 1981 and 1991, he held directorships successively with Carrington Viyella, Vantona Viyella and Coats Viyella, where he was Group Strategy Director. Jeff was the Finance Director of Unitech plc from 1991 to 1996 and was the Group Finance Director of Electrocomponents plc from 1996 to 2005 and as Deputy Chairman from 2000 to 2005. He is also a non-executive director of Cenkos Securities plc and chairman of Electro components Pension Trustees.