David Burton

Position? Managing Partner.

What are your main responsibilities? Close deals with private companies, governments and local authorities for the implementation of our plants.

What are your company's Unique Selling Points (USPs) in Oman? At the moment we are building awareness in Oman. Our chief selling point is that we do not have a competitor that can do what we do economically. We design, build, commission, part-own and operate waste to energy plants mainly using MSW as fuel. Each 500 MT/day plant is the equivalent of a 30 Mwh power station with no chimney, nothing going to landfill and no environmental drop-out.

What achievement are you most proud of? Closing deals in Indonesia, Tanzania and, very soon, India and Kenya.

What would you still like to achieve (in life, leisure or business)? To break into the British waste to energy market.

What do you think makes Oman an attractive destination to do business? It has the potential of a great future market if you have patience.

What sectors do you think will thrive in Oman and the UK in the coming years and why? Waste to energy, because they have loads of waste and all need green energy.

What is the best business advice you have ever received? Read and listen first and talk later.

Favourite destinations in Oman and why? Home, for tranquillity in the sea of tranquillity.

Favourite destinations in the UK and why? Liverpool (Home Town) and Dunbar, Scotland, where my grandchildren are.

Favourite restaurant in Oman and UK? O Sole Mio in Oman and Nordon Chimney in UK.

Describe your character in five words? Honest, outspoken, loyal, happy and hard-working.

What are your hobbies? Reading (fiction), crosswords, cooking, gardening, traveling and shopping.

What five things would you take to a desert island? Wok, magnifying glass, pencil and paper, large barrel of rum and, naturally, my wife.

What public figures do you most admire and why? Winston Churchill - a good statesman and he was not frightened to speak his mind. Not like the ones we have had recently and today, with the exception of Margaret Thatcher.