Lester started bookbinding in the mid 1970s at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts. Having gained a wide experience working for James Brockman through the 1980s he went on to run the Fine Binding and Conservation course at Guildford College during the 1990s. He has been a self-employed binder since 2000 working on manuscripts, early printed books and design bindings.
He taught a summer school in Finland for many years and has recently been conserving manuscripts in Ethiopia including a 6th. Century Gospels. He was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1986 and served as president in 2003 – 2005 and 2009 – 2011. He is currently President again but he’s not sure why.
His work is represented in public collections such as the British Library, Liverpool Library, The John Rylands Library, The Pierpont Morgan Library and others, as well as most major private collections. He is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild.