Alasdair Locke, MA (Oxon)
Alasdair began his career in banking. In 1982 he established a Singapore-based business providing finance for and investing in shipping and offshore oil service companies, which was subsequently acquired by Henry Ansbacher & Co Ltd.
On his return to the UK he established Abbot Group plc in 1990, which he took public in 1995. Upon its sale to private equity in 2008 Abbot Group was one of the leading oil drilling, engineering and contracting businesses in the world, with approximately 8,000 employees in over 20 countries and an annual turnover of cUS$1.8 billion. The equity value of the disposal was in excess of £900 million.
Alasdair maintains a wide portfolio of business interests including insurance, retailing and petroleum. He is also Chairman of Argenta Holdings plc, an unlisted holding company which trades in Lloyds of London and Non-Executive Chairman of Hardy Oil & Gas plc.