Howard has a degree in Physics from Imperial College, London. He is a chartered accountant and qualified corporate treasurer. He has pursued a career in industry and has held senior positions in ICI PLC, Zeneca PLC, Novartis AG and Boots Group PLC. For 10 years he was non-Executive of Tulchan Communications and Chair of Trustees of Prison Fellowship (England & Wales) for 8 years.
He has lived in West Oxfordshire since 2011.