Ian currently holds the Angling Times’s record for the biggest fish ever caught in a coarse fishing match in the UK, but is now fishing in other ponds. Based in Surrey with his wife and two daughters, Ian spent 20 years in the Metropolitan Police Service, followed by 10 years in the Audit Commission providing him with a broad and deep experience of information systems and business issues.
Ian decided to pursue a franchise opportunity after 30 years of corporate life, explaining: “Having been made redundant I wanted more control over my own fate; I also sought an opportunity that I could continue to build and expand at my own pace for as long as I wish.”
Andrew, based in Essex with his wife and two young boys, has joined ERA following a career spanning over twenty years in equities trading with his most recent role as director, UK equities trading with Royal Bank of Scotland.
Andrew was introduced to the ERA model through a friend he worked with in the City, Nick Robinson, a current franchisee who joined ERA in 2011. “When I talked to him about the business it struck a chord with me,” Andrew says. “There have been many occasions when I have been irritated by money being wasted by organisations and thought that I’d like to be in a position to influence how they actually make those spending decisions.”
Andrew anticipates that the next few years will be very difficult for the UK economy and companies will have to pay a great deal of attention to managing costs, where ERA is ideally positioned to support.
After a career in Moscow teaching English language, Duncan, based in County Durham, has joined his father’s procurement business. Ken Rogers, ERA associate since 2004, specialising in logistics, had brought Duncan on to provide back office functions allowing him to learn the project process from data collection through to auditing.
Duncan was attracted to the lifestyle benefits of working in a family-run procurement practice and wanted to become more involved in the business, so took the plunge to become an associate. Once Duncan has completed his induction training he will join Ken to build on the existing strengths and specialisms of the business and enhance their offering to clients.
Ian, Andrew and Duncan will graduate from the Academy Training Programme in December, ready to launch their businesses in the new year.