Mel graduated with a BA in English Language and Literature before beginning a sales and marketing career in the food industry, then in grocery non-food, hardware and DIY. He then gained an MBA from Warwick University whilst he was sales and marketing director at stationery company, Eastlight, part of the Acco Group. He went on to become managing director at a specialist group subsidiary, which he ran for nearly 12 years. During this period, the company became part of School Speciality Inc. He ultimately managed the sale and integration of this business with a competitor. He then spent a period as a marketing and strategy consultant, before joining St Albans Enterprise Agency, STANTA, as Executive Director in 2004. Mel saw through the completion and launch of Stanta Business Centre, where the Chamber is based. Mel is also a STANTA business advisor and has helped more than 1500 start-ups and small businesses in that time. He has also been a Chamber director since 2004.