The Christian Business Leaders Board
Consists of eight members including the following:-
James Shand is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 22 years of commercial experience, who has worked with entrepreneurial SME owners and managers as Finance Director for the last 17 years, enabling them to achieve successful growth.
Up until 2003, James career was going well with post qualification roles in a multinational group, as well as FD level roles in automotive engineering, a venture capital backed service business and an AIM listed technology Plc. After a traumatic redundancy in 2003, James set out to build his own business from scratch, experiencing tremendous support from Christian friends, which helped bring him back to a much closer walk with Christ. Setting up your own business is stressful, and the potential to go off the rails very real. With other Christians sharing the same values, James set up Christian Business Leaders to support and equip Christians in Business leadership to make the right decisions and to honour God in our business practices.
Often we do not understand God’s plans, until we have the benefit of reflecting with hindsight. This was certainly true for James, as he would not be in his own business now (and loving it) had it not been for the painful redundancy experienced in 2003.
James is happily married with 3 daughters and lives near Oxford.
Harvey Leach is a Chartered Engineer and Certified Management Consultant who works with clients in private and public sector organizations to improve their performance by engaging all employees in the improvement process.
Harvey spent the first 27 years of his career in the motor industry, joining what was then British Leyland and staying with it through a complete transformation and changes of ownership before finally leaving after a two year stint in BMW headquarters in Germany and ending helping to prepare the MINI factory in Oxford for a new model and a significant increase in production. In 2004, Harvey decided to start a new career as a management consultant with a view to applying his experiences to help a wider range of organizations improve what they do.
Harvey became a Christian in 1986 following a traumatic period in his personal life and the direct support of a Christian colleague at work. From that point on, he has been regularly involved in Christian groups in his workplace, and is a firm believer that our Christian faith should impact every aspect of our lives. The Bible is our guide in everything we do and is, he believes, the best book on leadership and transformation ever written! Not only that, but God will present us with opportunities to share our faith in a wide variety of circumstances. Harvey was delighted to connect with Christian Business Leaders soon after it was established, and is now working to make a wider range of resources available to support members in their work situations.
Harvey is happily married with three daughters and lives in Witney, near Oxford.
Gary made a decision to follow Jesus after reading the New Testament in his teenage years.
After a degree in Business Studies, he trained with a medium sized accountancy practice where he gained his Chartered Accountancy qualifications. After that he went on to a smaller practice where he blossomed by lifting quality control, overseeing technical issues as well as running the office and managing an interesting client mix for and with the senior partner.
He set up Alpha Accountancy Evesham Limited on his own in 2000 and learnt to rely on God to bring in new clients and work.
During 2004 he joined an MBO, at a specialist insurance brokers, organising both the deal to buy the business and the eventual sale in 2008.
In 2008 he went back to Alpha Accountancy which then had a very low client base and relied on God to build it up again.