I have enjoyed a diverse career since graduating in Managerial Sciences from the University of Bradford in 1981. Starting my career with Lyons Tetley, managing production operations before moving to various HR roles, whilst completing an MBA programme.
A move to Suffolk followed in 1993 where I held roles as Head of HR and Operations Director for British Fermentation Products and HR Director of Hutchison Ports both in Felixstowe.
My most recent post was as Chief Executive of Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is recognised as the largest and most successful regional cancer charity in England. This was a very humbling and remarkable period for which I feel privileged to have been able to apply my experience and passion towards such an important cause.
It would be fair to say that I enjoy a challenge. As the new Chief Executive Officer of Gotelee Solicitors I recognises that the legal sector is changing fast and that competition will intensify, so only the very best and strongest firms will survive in the long term. I look forward to building on 130 years of delivering excellent service to private clients and businesses across the county.
My wife, Susan and I have returned to the Woodbridge area and are delighted to be back to the county we consider Home. I have rejoined Woodbridge Golf Club and look forward to regular league squash at Martlesham Leisure, although almost certainly not to the same standard as when I first came to Suffolk in 1993. I am also Visiting Senior Fellow of the University of Suffolk.
Guilty pleasure: a somewhat eclectic taste in music and self-indulgent playing of both acoustic and electric guitars (although some may challenge the accuracy of the word “playing”).
Member of the University of Suffolk Foundation Board
Chair of Gotelee Charity Leaders Forum
Independent coach/mentor to various local charities especially in relation to fundraising and corporate partnerships
"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"
"I have used Tracey Laflin at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."
- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd
"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."
"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"
"We found Rachel Dawson outstanding, polite, professional and caring."
"I would like to say thank you for your help, support and guidance over the last two and a half years. Obviously should I need further assistance in the future I shall not hesitate to call you guys."
"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."
- Ros Jones
"Prompt, helpful, polite and very professional service"
"Domini was very fast and efficient in carrying out her work for me - she was also very good at explaining things to me"
"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."