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How did you achieve your current position?After 16 years in private practice, 10 as a partner at Simmons & Simmons, I decided I wanted to do something different. I got to know the top management team at Gallaher, led by the CEO Nigel Northridge, and was very impressed by what I saw. One thing led to another and I joined the company as group legal counsel in December 2000. Having been with the company a relatively short time I felt honoured and excited to be asked to take up the combined role of company secretary and general counsel.

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