Stuart has 55 years in the glass industry. He started as a cadet at Key Glass, Harlow (now O-I Harlow) and on qualifying took the role of Furnace Supervisor. He was then Batch & Furnaces Superintendent before going to the New Cross Plant, London as Production Manager. He then returned to his native New Zealand as Manufacturing Manager at Crown Crystal Glass, part of the ACI Group in Australasia.
Crown Crystal made containers for the South Island as well as flaconage for export and also had three tableware operations. He oversaw the complete conversion of the plant to all-electric melting from renewable hydro-generated power before being promoted to positions in Auckland, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and other South East Asian destinations.
In 1989 he went to Melbourne to run the mould operations for ACI before going to China in a corporate role investigating possible joint venture partners before transferring to set up and run the mould operations for their five operating plants.
He joined FIC (UK) Limited as C.E.O. in 1999 and has been there ever since.
He is currently President of the Society of Glass Technology, starting his 2 year term in 2019.