Born bred and educated in Dundee, Scotland, Gordon was chosen to represent the Dundee Battalion of the Boys Brigade at the 75th anniversary camp in Kingston Jamaica at the age of 16.
Gordon is a Qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in London. Moved into Commerce with the Booker Group, including a two year term with Ingersoll Rand. Whilst working with Plenty, a Booker subsidiary, Gordon graduated from the Harvard Business School Programme for Management Development and worked to create a Booker/Plenty presence in USA.
Following on from that, Gordon was instrumental in forming the relationship between Plenty and BP including a joint venture company, Oilplus, of which Gordon became the MD. 1981 became a landmark year and Gordon co-founded Oakland Capital Management (OCM), a venture capital company, which became a founder member of the British Venture Capital Association. As the VC industry expanded and institutions created their own VC companies, the shareholders of OCM purchased Bridgewell Holdings (BHL) and Oakland Development Capital Fund (ODCF) and ran the residual investments and made a small number of new investments. Gordon is a keen sportsman who played reasonable football, squash and tennis.
He is now a high-handicapped golfer, who keeps an eye on the scores of Dundee FC, Arsenal, and a season ticket holder at local club Swindon Town.