Born and raised in Bury St. Edmund’s, Suffolk. During Clive’s distinguished 50 year career having started in local banking, moving to J Mann & Son as credit manager, he quickly progressed to company secretary then director. In 1980 he lead the sale of Mann’s to the Claas Group. Moving to the USA to head up Claas’ North American operations, returning to the UK in 1987 as CEO of Claas UK at Saxham, where he remained as CEO/Chairman until his official retirement in 2012. In the later years at Claas, he served on the Group strategic committee, working in Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, USA, Canada and Ireland as agricultural distribution went through a major change. In retirement, he continues to be involved with the Claas Family’s farming business.
Married to Linda for 50 years, their children and grandchildren are paramount in their lives.
An avid sportsman and lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan having spent several years as a soccer coach in the UK and the US. The development of young people has always been a priority throughout Clive’s life, it’s something he continued at Claas with the introduction of their modern apprentice scheme and graduate entry programme.
Charity has always played a significant role in his life, however, he became somewhat disillusioned with major national charities because of their high administration costs. Since GeeWizz Charitable Foundation was founded in 2015, whilst working with Andrew and Gina Long on their Business Court development, Clive was impressed by the transparency, low operating costs and local focus of the charity. He has been a steadfast supporter of GeeWizz and Clive was ‘shocked and delighted’ when Gina asked him to become the Charity’s Chairman after Mark Gaywood stood down after 3 successful years at the helm. Clive added ‘In following Mark’s Chairmanship, I have big shoes to fill but a challenge to which I’m looking forward.’