George is a serial entrepreneur in technology markets. After the University of Edinburgh, he went to work for Ford as a production foreman in the Dagenham Engine Plant. He moved to catch the boom in the telecommunications industry as a salesman and manager for CASE, Motorola and then Cable & Wireless. Since 1992 he has been a partner or founder of a number of businesses in the UK, Hong Kong and the USA. He has raised money from 3i and other VCs and made successful trade and private equity exits.
George is a board member of TestPlant, a business he founded in 2008. TestPlant makes software to automate the testing of systems. It has operations in the US and the UK with sales offices in Germany, China and Japan. The company been listed three times in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, it is a Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 100, a Red Herring Global 100 winner and has been honoured with three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
As the Chair of the CBI Enterprise Forum which represents the CBI’s small and medium sized business members, George uses his own experience of start-ups and scale-ups, of managing cash and raising money to encourage discussion and to fight for a better deal and a higher profile for SMEs.
Born in Inverness, George was brought up on a farm, the eldest of six children. He has competed in semi-professionally in motor sports. He has six children and lives in North London with his wife and dogs. He is a trustee of the charity Kids in Museums, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh. He became Chair of the CBI’s Enterprise Forum in January 2017. Recently he acquired a historic farm in East Lothian and plans to create a heritage, business and hospitality centre.