Gary was until 2011, UK Director of Small Business Banking at Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks and also held the roles of Head of Retail Banking and Head of Business Banking for Yorkshire Bank which included being Head of UK Credit with oversight overall of the commercial lending and property portfolio. He was previously North East and Cumbria Regional Director of SME Banking for Barclays Bank.
Gary is a Non-Executive Director at Howard Civil Engineering Ltd and advises the Board on Strategy, Risk Management, Business Development, HR and Corporate Governance. He also holds Non- Executive Director positions at in Walsh Taylor Insolvency and Business Support Group, Erimus Insurance Brokers, Active Financial Services Ltd, Agile ICT Group, and Hellens Residential Ltd a social housing provider based in the North East. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Simply Thank You.com as well as being a Partner in G&H Property which is a small residential property development and investment business and is an Executive Director in SE Decorators Ltd which specialises in commercial property maintenance.
Gary is an active member of the North East and Yorkshire business community and holds or has held leadership roles in various industry forums, including Board Member of Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the Access To Finance Committee that monitors the performance of the Yorkshire Regional Venture Funds managed by Finance Yorkshire and was President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce from 2008 -2011. He is also an Investment Panel Member on the North East Lets Grow Regional Growth Fund.
Gary is a Mentor/ Tutor on the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Business Programme run by Leeds University.
Gary was awarded an MBE for Services to the Finance Industry in the 2008 New Years Honours List and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland.