Gary Dixon trained as a Chartered Accountant with a major global firm following his 1987 graduation from the University of Leicester in Physics with Astrophysics.
Between 1987 and 1994 Mr Dixon trained as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand before moving to become Group Finance Director of Pointon Group plc, where he was specifically responsible for internal control, reporting requirements and all banking activities.
After gaining an MBA from Warwick Business School, he left the accountancy profession in 1994 and moved to work within financial services. He became the CFO of a small, diversified group and was primarily responsible for finance, regulation and governance of the group’s banking, insurance, pension and fund management businesses.
In 2001 Gary formed a FSA compliance consultancy, Compliance Solutions, which he successfully grew (both organically and by acquisition) to be the market leader within the UK. Following the sale of this business in 2007 to a US listed company, Gary retired from full time work to spend time on his Non Executive Director (NED) roles, working mostly in the areas of governance, risk and compliance.
He joined Council in 2009 and currently serves as a member of the University Audit Committee and the Leicester Innovation Advisory Board
When asked about his motivations for joining Council Gary said: “I am a commercial entrepreneur and knew that I had quite a lot of different experiences that may help shape the Council's thoughts in a different way to most of the members. My motivation was partly about giving something back as a graduand but also a genuine belief that my experience is pretty scarce, locally."