His career began in industry within the paper and packaging sector. He held various senior positions within the Mondi division of Anglo American plc, including Commercial Director of the £300million UK business and subsequently Innovations Director for Mondi Packaging Europe. Subsequently, as Commercial Director, he was on the board of an AIM listed company and has consulted to a wide range of businesses in sectors as diverse as engineering, motor-racing, healthcare and shipping. He is a member of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK.
Kester has a BA Hons in History from Newcastle University and MBA from Cranfield School of Management.