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Paul Lester CBE
Paul is Chairman of Essentra, the FTSE 250 global manufacturer and distributor of vital component parts. He is also currently Chairman of Forterra plc and Knight Square Holdings. Previously Paul was Chairman of Greenergy and Forterra, as well as the private equity company backed businesses Survitec, Peveral and Parabis. He also chaired the FTSE 250 Company John Lang Infrastructure Fund, as well as Signia Wealth.

From 2002 to 2010, he was chief executive of VT Group plc, the support services company. Paul held the position of group managing director for Balfour Beatty plc and was chief executive of Graseby plc from 1990 to 1997 following senior management positions at Schlumberger and the Dowty Group plc.
Paul has previously served as president of the Society of Maritime Industries, the BSA and the EEF.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Paul is a life time West Bromwich Albion Supporter.