Richard

Name
Richard

Position
Chairman / Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor / Mentor

Location
London

Big Business Experience

HSBC

HSBC Life Insurance

Small Business Experience

Fintech

Crown Agents Bank and Investment Management

Investor in Sustainable and Supply Chain start ups

Summary

Banking Entrepreneur putting the Fin into Fintech and helping SMEs grow globally by understanding and challenging business models and being clear on what is possible.

Often initial entrepreneurial success either reverses with initial funding rounds squandered on quick but non sustainable growth or plateaus as a business reaches a sustainable size and the owners have something to lose.

Richard thrives on helping to avoid the former by working with the huge initial energy of founders and their teams to build a business at scale from their initial breakthroughs. He also enjoys the challenge of working with more stable businesses who have reached an inflection point and recognise the need to reimagine or rework their business growth of monetisation plans to reach the next level of scale or move towards an exit

Qualifications

  • MBA – Ivey Business School – University of Westen Ontario – Top GPA
  • Strategic Leadership Course – Insead: Duke
  • Graduate of HSBC International Management Training Scheme (5 years)
  • BA(SS) Geography and Economics – University of Leeds
  • Fellow of IFS
  • Fellow RSA

Key Areas of Expertise

Commercial and Transactional Banking

Investment Management

Life Insurance

Fintech

ESG and sustainability

Growth strategies

Business Restructurings

Business Sale and capital event management

Strategy Development

Business Model Development

Team building and resource development

Regulatory Relationship Management (FCA/PRA)

Experience

Richard is a problem solver and opportunity creator. He works with existing and new business, both within Financial Services and broader commercial areas around trade, supply chain and international business development.

He has built and rebuilt existing franchises and led successful exits as a CEO.  As an advisor he has helped scale ups find their niches and create practical operating models for their teams and their owners, leaving all in a better place than when he arrived.

He brings clear thinking, empathy, an edge where needed and a great capacity for creating the art of the possible in challenging situations.