Prior to retirement Gordon had a career in two County Councils and one Unitary Authority as a teacher, project manager, Education Adviser, OFSTED Registered Inspector, and Workforce Strategy Manager (Childrens Services). During that time he served on two national bodies and part-wrote a number of publications. He founded an Outdoor Education Centre in Cumbria for children from Milton Keynes (see www.longrigg.org.uk) and the Buckinghamshire Academy for School Leadership (see www.baslonline.org.uk). Since retiring Gordon founded Whitstable Maritime Ltd and became leader of the Coastal Communities Team. As regards the Board of Whitstable Maritime, Gordon's strengths are in strategic planning, change management and networking. He believes people perform best when they share aspirations and have an opportunity to demonstrate what they can achieve, whilst the best decisions are those developed through collaboration. Gordon enjoys political and social history, anything nautical, photography and hill walking - not a very useful pastime on the coast.