Cleve was born and educated in Guyana, South America. He came to the UK in 1969 to work in the electronic industry and by 1976 he had been headhunted Siemens Ltd, assuming overall responsibility at the Data & Communications Service Group. By 1980 Cleve had become Head of Power Engineering Service at Congleton in Cheshire. Later, Cleve chose to concentrate on his own business as a Partner in the financial services company Openwork. Before accepting the role as Chair of Cariocca Enterprises, Cleve was Chair of Cariocca’s sister Company the Positive Action Cariocca Training (PACT). Cleve was also Chair of City College Manchester for 8 years taking them from LEA control into independence. Cleve is married to Victoria. Cleve has two sons and three grandchildren.