Duncan Ralph from Foot Anstey.

Title: Commercial & financial director

Years spent in the legal profession: Eight

Specialist areas: Strategy, finance and operations

Greatest career achievement to date: Being right in the middle of teams that have achieved significant business growth; firstly as the CEO of an international vertically integrated electronics group that we grew through acquisition and secondly in supporting the strong organic growth in Foot Anstey.

Greatest professional inspiration or person: I have seen how effective application of lean and efficient processes in high technology industries can create and maintain competitive advantage – we can apply them to our business

Career ambition you still want to achieve: To continue our growth trajectory whilst continually improving our business efficiency

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given: By a US entrepreneur: "there are few problems in business that you are unable to solve with more sales".

Describe your firm in five words: Entrepreneurial, fresh, value through relationships

The motto that guides your professional life: "Every cloud has a silver lining": by its nature, business is fraught with difficulties so the trick is finding effective solutions.