Speaker and Prominent Business Person


Sir Roy Gardner is an experienced chairman and chief executive with over 40 years’ experience in both executive and non-executive roles in a variety of businesses in the services, energy, industrial, chemicals, electronics, insurance catering and leisure sectors.

Sir Roy is Chairman of Pressure Technology plc.

Sir Roy is also an Advisor to Antin Infrastructure Partners and Digitalis Reputation.

Previously, Sir Roy was Chairman of Serco plc, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., Senior Independent Director at William Hill PLC, Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse, a Non-Executive Director of Willis Group Holdings Limited, Chairman of Compass Group PLC, Chief Executive of Centrica plc, Managing Director of GEC-Marconi Limited and a Director of GEC plc and Managing Director of STC PLC. 

He has also been the Chairman of Manchester United plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Laporte plc.

He is the former Chairman of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network.  Sir Roy is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, City & Guilds Institute and the Energy Institute and has an Honorary Degree from Thames Valley University.

Sir Roy was recognised by Harvard in the US as one of the greatest wealth creators in the world, thirty-eighth position (Bill Gates was number one).



Took over as Chairman of Compass Group PLC, the largest international catering company in the world with over 500,000 employees at the time of a substantial fall in the share price following 3 profit warnings.

Within three years replaced the CEO and all the non-executive directors.  Restored the financial health of the business and saw it return to the FTSE100 together with the reinstatement of the dividend.  Stepped down after 8 very successful years.

Major investor in Texture a Michelin star restaurant.

Executive responsibility for catering in a number of FTSE100 companies.


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