"I have worked with Gary for several years having reported directly to him for some of those. During that time he always demonstrated clear thinking and had the ability to pick his way through complex issues to identify what is important, rather than what is urgent. Thinking strategically is something Gary appears to do with ease and yet this is not just instinct or experience, of which he has both. His views will be supported by evidence, research and sound strategic modelling; his arguments as a result are always persuasive. As a manager he was always supportive, his advice without bias and with my best interests at heart. I am convinced this new venture will be a success"