Henry Stanford qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 and then moved to a corporate finance role at Close Brothers merchant bank. He subsequently became a director of Close Brothers’ venture capital trust business and became a partner of Albion Capital when the business was bought out in 2009. He specialised in companies building or refurbishing and operating assets such as hotels, care homes, health and fitness clubs and cinemas, residential property development and renewable energy. He retired from a full time role in 2019.
He has been a Reader in his local benefice in Suffolk since 2008 and was previously a churchwarden of his parish church, St. Mary’s, Earl Stonham, a very fine Grade 1 listed building, during which time a significant reordering project was carried out, refurbishing and adding to the church bells, creating a new ringing chamber and installing a kitchen and loo in the base of the tower. He has also previously been treasurer of a church in London.