Nish Malde qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 with KPMG and specialised in advising owner – managed businesses. He left KPMG in 1989 to set up a consultancy firm which later merged with an audit practice where he was the partner responsible for the affairs of Country & Metropolitan plc. Mr Malde joined Country & Metropolitan plc as finance director and company secretary in November 1998. He was actively involved in the preparation for the flotation of Country & Metropolitan plc in December 1999 and its further development (which included acquisitions and disposals) until it was acquired by Gladedale Holdings plc in April 2005 for £72m. He is also a founding shareholder and finance director of Inland Homes plc which floated onto AIM in April 2007 and a director of Energiser Investments plc.