Richard graduated from Imperial College with an Engineering degree. After four years in consultancy he trained as an accountant, with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1981. He then worked in the profession for four years with KPMG and in his own firm working for a very wide range of companies and individuals.
He worked in the Financial Services industry for 14 years, holding senior executive positions within Britannia Building Society and NatWest. He then joined IBM as a Principal Management consultant in their EMEA practice for Mergers & Acquisitions. In 2003 he was appointed CFO for VocaLink ( formerly BACS).
In 2009 he set up his own consultancy undertaking senior level assignments in the Financial services sector assisting in corporate restructuring (e.g. Northern Rock and Lloyds TSB). He now combines this work with being a consultant to Pink, where he uses his wide commercial experience to add value to clients undertaking or considering mergers and acquisitions.
Q & A
What was your first full time job?
First job was picking potatoes followed by a career step up to selling homemade ice cream from a van.
What were your favourite and least favourite subjects at school?
Biology, I liked the dissection, was by and far the best The worst was Welsh, surprising perhaps for a local lad, as it was a nightmare; just never got morphology.
What’s the greatest invention ever?
The pencil. Works in space.