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John Davis


John is an experienced public company director and chairman with particular expertise in corporate finance and restructuring. He is a Professor at the University of Nottingham where he teaches Business Studies with particular emphasis on the functions, obligations and practical operations of company boards. He is also a member of the Review Body within the judicial disciplinary procedure which considers appeals at one level below Lord Chancellor.

As chairman of Drew Scientific Group plc, a fully listed international manufacturer of scientific analysis equipment, he turned around the company which had poor city credibility and a weak financial performance. After restructuring the board and executive team, he guided the strengthened company through a successful sale to achieve value for shareholders.

At Waterside Solutions Ltd he focused this computer company’s strategy and completed its refinancing and acquisition programme.

During the 1980s and 1990s he was chairman and chief executive of Intelek plc, chief executive of Aerospace Engineering plc and managing director of VFP Fluid Power Ltd.