Rod is an experienced manager and builder of businesses. He founded Imperial Pharmaceuticals Services Limited in 1986, which merged with Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc (“Shire”) in 1995. In 1996, Shire was listed on the London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) and now has a market capitalisation value approaching £5Billion. Rod was a Non-Executive Director of Shire between 1995-1998.
In 1996, Rod co-founded the Tidings Trading Co. Ltd and, in 1998, this company took control of the LSE-listed Sleepy Kids plc to form Entertainment Rights plc. He was Executive Chairman of Entertainment Rights plc until 2004, after which he continued as non-executive Chairman before passing the Chair to Sir Robin Miller in February 2009.
In 2000, he rescued Hampshire Cricket from insolvency and reconstituted the Club as a division of Rose Bowl plc (now known as RB Sport and Leisure Holdings plc). The following year, the Company was relocated to its emerging new ground, The Ageas Bowl (then known as The Rose Bowl). Rod’s passion for English cricket, in combination with his vision, energy and financial support, have been the key drivers in the success of The Ageas Bowl and Hampshire Cricket over the past 12 years. His commitment to the completion of the finest cricket venue in the UK is unwavering.
Rod also likes to assist companies with products which have social, community or environmental benefits and, in this respect, he is a non-executive director of PepTcell Ltd., e-wheels Ltd, and Cage Cricket Ltd.