Michael Powell was born in Cambridge on 17 February 1945 and when two weeks old was brought home to Hornsey in North London. His school days were not his best, he was not an ideal pupil and it was decided that after completing his secondary education that he should join an uncle who ran an engineering company with the view of learning all aspects of the business.
The year started brilliantly for me because I was installed by my old friend, Tim Waller, who had enjoyed a splendid year. I have decided to make this report under separate headings rather than chronologically and I hope the reader will find this digestible.
I began my banking career in Lloyd's Bank and after 25 years, principally in commercial and residential property financing, my entrepreneurial spirit enabled me to build up investment interests both in the UK and Eastern Europe.
I was born in Oban, Argyllshire, in the West Highlands of Scotland in 1921. My father had moved from Buckinghamshire to Oban in 1914 to become Headmaster of the School attached to the Episcopalian Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where he was also appointed Organist and Choir Master.
Michael Curig Roberts was born on 2 June 1938 in Liverpool, moving shortly afterwards to the Wirral. After leaving Shrewsbury School he served his Articles with the Liverpool firm of Chartered Accountants, Harmood Banner.