Les joined Jaguar in 1973 after completing 5 years service with the Regular Army – Parachute Regiment. He has served for 31 years with the Reserves and risen to the rank of Major.
In 1998 he was appointed Head of Community Relations and was responsible for the introduction of a Community Relations Strategy into Jaguar, later to become Head of Community Relations Jaguar Land Rover. Working closely across the West Midlands, Coventry, Warwickshire and the North West, Jaguar Land Rover continues to support the local community with employee and corporate volunteering, facilities, contributions and sponsorship.
A key element of Les’s role involved delivering a Community Relations Strategy that supported investment into charitable giving, Education development, Volunteering, Community Cohesion and supporting the Armed Services achieving Gold Award for the Corporate Covenant.
Since retiring, Les has set up his own company, Community Engagement Ltd, focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Relations advice and consultation. He continues as Chair of The Coventry and Warwickshire Place Board and Champions and as Board Member Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board – NSPCC.
Appointed in 2017.