THE JUNIOR WARDEN, MR GARY DIXON

Gary was admitted as a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs in February 2017 and joined the Court of Assistants in 2018. He is the Honorary Treasurer of the Guild and has acted as Chair of the Finance Committee since 2019. He was elected Junior Warden in June 2019 and invested in November 2019. Gary will, subject to the will of the Court, serve as the 9th Master Entrepreneur from November 2022.

Gary is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.

Gary is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales. He founded Compliance Solutions in January 2001 to provide governance, risk and compliance advice to regulated firms within Financial Services. This company grew organically and by acquisition until it was one of the UK’s largest, specialist advisory firms in 2007 when he exited on a sale to a USA based NASDAQ quoted firm. His other business ventures have included a failed restaurant rescue venture in 2008 which, as his wife pointed out at the time, was a particularly difficult time to venture into a sector which is hard at the best of times.

Following the sale of his business, Gary has operated as a Non Executive Director on a wide variety of firms across different sectors. These include being NED Chair of two UK insurance companies and a pension provider as well as a NED on a building society. He presently sits as a NED on USS, the largest UK pension scheme by assets.

With an MBA from Warwick Business School, Gary has acted as a mentor to a number of Founders, start up Boards and aspirant NEDs. He has lectured for the ICAEW.

Gary has acted as a charity Trustee and Patron on three African charities that work predominantly on the relief of poverty for orphans.

He has been on the Board of the University of Leicester for over a decade and took on the role of Chair in August 2019. He is also a Trustee, Chair of Finance and Vice Chair of Leicester Theatre Trust which runs the multi-award winning Curve theatre.

Away from business, Gary enjoys travelling and counts at 75 the number of countries visited so far. He looks forward to visiting the remaining 20 or so “bucket list” destinations in the coming years. On most of his travels he has been accompanied by his wife, Linda, who he met in 1984 at University. Linda is also a Chartered Accountant and acts at Board level in both commercial and voluntary roles.

Gary has two daughters, Gemma and Eleanor, who have now both left university and started their professional careers as a Chartered Accountant (at KPMG) and lawyer (at Freeths), respectively.

In his limited leisure time, Gary enjoys theatre of all sorts, film, music and collecting old American comics.