Doug is the Chief Executive Officer of his franchised restaurant company which operates twenty-three McDonald’s restaurants across the West Midlands.  Doug began his career at McDonald’s the day before he left school in 1981.  He became a franchisee in 2002 and now operates one of McDonald’s largest franchised organisations employing over 2,550 people.  In 2016 he was a recipient of the Fred L Turner Golden Award which recognises the best McDonald’s franchisees in their global system.


Doug dedicates a lot of time to charity work.  His inspiration comes from being hospitalised for nearly a year at the age of twenty.  He was the Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham for six years, a charity providing a home away from home to families whilst their children are being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


In 2019 Doug was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University and named the regional EY Entrepreneur of the year.  He is a Patron and Director of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and mentors many local businesses and young entrepreneurs.  In 2022 he was awarded a further Honorary Doctorate by Aston University.


Awarded MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022.


Appointed in 2019